Board of Trustees
2010 Board Election
Candidate: Andy Linton
Andy Linton is currently a Teaching Fellow at the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
He returned to academia in 2008 after working for nearly twenty years in the Internet industry in New Zealand, Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region. He has worked at Telstra, Telecom New Zealand, AARNet and a number of smaller ISPs such as CityLink and connect.com.au in the region. Prior to working in the Internet industry he worked at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in network research before moving to New Zealand in 1989.
He is currently a Director of the New Zealand Domain Name Commission, the body that sets policy for the .nz domain and has been active in that role since 2005. He is also a Trustee of the NZNOG charitable trust that oversees the New Zealand Network Operators Group annual meeting.
While working at AARNet in the early nineties he was one of the members of the advisory group that assisted David Conrad during the startup phase of APNIC and he has maintained that link with APNIC up to the present. He is active on the APNIC Policy Group and has presented tutorials and training courses on their behalf.
Linton was involved in the setup of InternetNZ in 1995 and served almost continually as a Councillor until 2001. He was honoured as a Fellow of InternetNZ in 2004 for his contribution to the development of the Internet in New Zealand.
He first joined ISOC as a Pioneer Member in 1992 and served as Director of the Public Interest Registry in 2002-3 during its first year of operation when it created a new structure to manage the .org gTLD and take over management from Verisign. He was also a member of the Nominatiing Committee for the ISOC Board of Trustees in 2005.
Linton has visited many of the Pacific Island countries teaching on technical and governance topics at training workshops with support from ISOC, InternetNZ, NSRC and other agencies. The Pacific Islands chapter of ISOC and the Pacific Network Operators Group (PACNOG) came into being and have been nurtured by these workshops.
Linton earned a BEd majoring in Mathematics and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne,