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Ian Peter (Project Manager)

Ian Peter is a professional technology and policy strategist and project manager of Internet related projects. Apart from managing large Internet projects for governments and advising on strategies, Ian Peter has assisted DNSO in tendering for management services for its Internet presence, and APNIC in seeking funding for technical training in the Asia Pacific region.

Ian Peter has extensive experience with Internet usage in the Asian Pacific region dating from 1986, when he was commissioned by United Nations Environment Program to create an email network of peak environmental NGOs in the Asia Pacific Region. From that early experiment, Ian went on to be a Founding Director of the global Association for Progressive Communications ( in 1989, which by 1993 had created global links to non profit networks across over 100 countries and was a key instigator of the original ISOC Developing Countries workshops.

Ian Peter also maintains an Internet History Portal at

Carlos Afonso (Advisory Council Member)

Carlos Afonso has been an independent consultant of international agencies such as UNDP, IDRC and others. He is author of books, articles and studies in different languages, most of which related to Internet and human development. Besides his technical knowledge, he has recognized intellectual and political autonomy and has gained broad respect for his ethical and democratic behaviour.

In the late 60's Carlos was an important person fighting against the dictatorship in Brazil. He was in exile in Chile, Panama and Canada. During the re-democratisation process, Mr. Afonso worked for democratising the access to communications. The amnesty allowed him to return to Brazil. Carlos Afonso and Herbert de Souza (known as Betinho) founded one of the most important Brazilian NGOs, the Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analysis, IBASE. With the institutional support of IBASE, Mr Afonso designed, implemented and managed the AlterNex project, the first computer-based communications and information system in Latin America dedicated to serve civil society organizations.

He is a co-founder of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). In 1991-1992, Mr Afonso proposed and coordinated the "UNCED Information Strategy Project in Rio" (UNCED ISP/Rio), first Internet project specifically developed for a UN conference. Carlos Afonso is currently planning director of the Information Network for the Third Sector (RITS), a NGO-oriented services, advocacy and capacity-building organization on ICTs based in Rio de Janeiro, and a member of Brazil's Internet Steering Committee representing civil society organizations, as well as a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance.

Izumi Aizu (Advisory Council Member)

In 1986, Izumi Aizu co-founded Institute for Networking Design in Tokyo, a think-tank specializing computer conferencing and served as secretary general of Networking Forum, annual national conference on PC networking in Japan from 1987 to 1992.

In 1991, he joined GLOCOM (Center for Global Communications), at the International University of Japan. After attending INET 92 in Kobe, he started to study about Internet and promote it in Japan: giving strategic advises to ICT and media industries, national and local government agencies, working on policy and strategic issues in global context with strong focus on Asia.  In 1993, he co-founded Institute for Hyper Network Society (IHNS) whose main office is in Oita, a local city in Kyushu Island, and actively promoted community networking with grassroots citizens.

 In 1997, he moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and founded Asia Network Research, an independent research unit dedicated to promote networking in Asia-Pacific, focusing on societal aspects of Internet including global governance and digital divide issues.  He worked as Secretary General of Asia & Pacific Internet Association, a trade association representing Internet business community of the region between 1998 and 2000.  In April 2000, he moved back to Tokyo where he continues the research work for promoting the Internet in Asia. He participated in Digital Opportunity Task Force, or DOT Force, initiated by the G8 to address “digital divide” issues, and the preparatory process of the WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) as a member of Civil Society.

Esther Dyson (Advisory Council Member)

Esther Dyson is editor at large at CNET Networks, where she is responsible for its monthly newsletter, Release 1.0, and its PC Forum, the high-tech market's leading annual executive conference. At Release 1.0 and in her private investment activities, Dyson focuses on emerging technologies, emerging companies and emerging markets.  She is the author of "Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age", and also an active player in discussions and policy-making concerning the Internet and society. From 1998 to 2000, she was founding chairman of ICANN. A variety of government officials worldwide turn to her for advice on Internet policy issues.

Ben Laurie (Advisory Council Member)

Ben Laurie is generally acknowledged as one of the foremost experts in Internet security. He is the author of Apache-SSL, the global number one open source secure internet web server, and is a core team member of OpenSSL, the world’s most widely used cryptographic library. He is co-author of ‘Apache: The Definitive Guide’, is a founding Director of Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and the Head of the ASF Security Team. Ben is the Technical Director of A.L. Digital Ltd and The Bunker.

Adam Peake (Advisory Council Member)

A British citizen, Adam Peake has been living in Japan since 1989. He joined a Tokyo based communications consultants, Institute for Networking Design, in 1990, to work on projects focusing on virtual communities and computer mediate communications/groupware. He began working with GLOCOM as a Research Fellow in April 1993. His interests are public policy and the Internet, and promoting ICTs in society. Recent work has involved the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS, ICT policy in the Pacific Islands, and ICTs and Global Governance.

James Seng (Advisory Council Member)

James Seng is one of the Internet pioneers in Singapore and is recognized internationally as a prominent expert on Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs), James also regularly speaks internationally on a variety of topics including VoIP, IPv6, Spam, OSS and Internet goverance issues. James also participates actively in several standard organizations (such as JTC1 and IETF). Currently, James is the Assistant Director (Next Generational Internet) in Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore. His team is responsible for tracking emerging and disruptive technologies on Internet and other related fields.

Yakov Shafranovich (Advisory Council Member)

Yakov Shafranovich is a co-founder and software architect with SolidMatrix Technologies, Inc., a software development and consulting company targeting the service industry. He is actively involved with the design and development of large-scale applications utilizing XML and other Internet standards. Mr. Shafranovich is active in the Internet community as an individual member of the New York chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-NY) and a member of the IETF. He served as a co-chair of the Anti-Spam Research Group (ASRG) of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) from August 2003 until May 2004.

Paul Vixie (Advisory Council Member)

Paul Vixie has been contributing to Internet protocols and UNIX systems as a protocol designer and software architect since 1980. Early in his career, he developed and introduced sends, proxynet, rtty, cron and other lesser-known tools.

Today, Paul is considered the primary modern author and technical architect of BINDv8 the Berkeley Internet Name Domain Version 8, the open source reference implementation of the Domain Name System (DNS). He formed the Internet Software Consortium (ISC) in 1994, and now acts as Chairman of its Board of Directors. The ISC reflects Paul's commitment to developing and maintaining production quality open source reference implementations of core Internet protocols.

Meng Weng Wong (Advisory Council Member)

Meng Weng Wong founded, the first commercial email forwarding service, in 1995 while an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. As CTO at pobox, he suffers from spam and this led to his involvement in a number of email developments, including founding the SPF (Sender Permitted From) email authentication solution. Meng Weng Wong has played prominent roles in various email industry approaches to messaging security problems, including SPF, the evolution of the Microsoft Sender-ID initiative, and the ASPEN email initiative.


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