During the 2016 OARC Annual General Meeting OARC Members will be electing three seats on the OARC Board of Directors. The seats becoming available are doing so on the following basis:

  • Existing Board member George Michaelson (for APNIC) has served for two-years and his seat is up for election by rotation.
  • Existing Board member Ondrej Filip (for CZ.NIC) has served the maximum limit of 3 two-year terms and is standing down.
  • Existing Board member John Crain (for ICANN) is standing down.

The 8 candidates and their election platforms are given below.


David Lawrence (Akamai)

David is a Senior Architect at Akamai, responsible for the design of their DNS systems. He has a long history of involvement with DNS software (ISC/BIND, Nominum) and participation in the IETF and ICANN.

George Michaelson (APNIC)

I want to help maintain DNS OARC as the neutral point meeting place for discussions of DNS related research, and as an entity holding and collecting data for exploring the questions which DNS as a service, namespace and protocol is facing. I think its immensely valuable to the wider community. I believe the board should be a support to the paid staff, and empower then and the volunteers who run the PC and meetings and related activities to get on with the job.

Jacques Latour (CIRA)

I'm the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). I'm responsible for CIRA Labs and for providing leadership and direction for the management and security of the .CA registry and its underlying DNS, critical components of Canada's national Internet infrastructure. I am also a very active contributor to the Canadian and international Internet communities. Since 2012, I've spearheaded CIRA's very successful initiative to encourage and support the development of a national, robust network of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) to diminish Canada's unnecessary dependence on out-of-country infrastructure, enhance domestic Internet performance and decrease costs. I also served as the catalyst for the creation of a national Canadian IXP association, CA-IX, and I have been a board member of the Manitoba Internet Exchange's (MBIX) since 2013.

Beyond my deep technical knowledge, it is through my 20+ years of experience as an IT executive and corporate officer that I would hope to make the greatest contribution to the DNS-OARC board. I understand the day to day challenges of a 'small business' like DNS-OARC faces in terms of making sure the bills get paid while at the same time delivering high quality services. I believe that my business and management experience would be very useful in addressing these challenges.

You can find out more about me from my LinkedIn profile.

Disclosure: CIRA donates colocation space and transit to DNS-OARC for their backup infrastructure.

Ondřej Surý (CZ.NIC)

I am a Technical Fellow at the CZ.NIC, .CZ registry, where I am responsible for all things DNS. Now I am the driving force behind Knot DNS, the newcomer authoritative DNS server running several root servers and TLDs now, and Knot Resolver the scriptable DNS resolution engine and server.

I've been involved with DNS-OARC for a long time and I truly enjoy the growth that DNS-OARC has made in the past years. I am a visionary and I think we should strive to make a world including Internet and DNS world a better place. If elected I would like to continue the growth that DNS-OARC has seen in past year that makes the DNS-OARC meetings a true joy to attend, but I would also like to make the DNS-OARC community more broad because I don't see DNS as an infrastructure that you configure and forget, but as something that every engineer should embrace, cherish and love.

My other DNS experience includes designing .CZ anycast DNS service and signing .CZ domain, making it one of the first DNSSEC-signed TLDs. My work also includes DNS protocol improvements as I have several Internet Drafts in works, and in the past I co-chaired DANE working group. I am also active in the RIPE community serving as one of the RIPE arbiters and recently I joined the RIPE Program Committee. My DNS involvement also includes a membership in ICANN RSSAC and RSTEP, and I participated the signing of the root zone as one of the Recovery Key Share Holders. I was a member of the Root KSK Key Rollover design team.

Ralf Weber (Nominum)

I am a senior architect responsible for designing large DNS deployments for our customers. Prior to that I worked at ISPs and Telecommunications companies in Europe providing DNS services to subscribers and businesses. I am also active in the RIPE and IETF communities and was on the technical advisory board for DENIC when .de got DNSSEC signed.

If elected I want to help DNS-OARC to grow further and continue to be the organisation for everything DNS operation related, that also runs the workshops to be at if you want to know more about DNS.

My public profile can be found at: https://de.linkedin.com/in/fl1ger

Sebastian Castro (NZRS)

I'd would like to put my name forward as candidate to the DNS-OARC Board in 2016, to continue serving the DNS-OARC community at a different level, while challenging myself professionally by taking on a governance role.

I've been involved with DNS-OARC for a long time, more than 10 years, since first attended the DNS-OARC workshop in San Jose back in 2006. My involvement has been across 3 different employers, from operator to researcher, and presenting at a number of workshops over that period. In the past 3 years I moved to a Research Manager role within NZRS, and joined the first DNS-OARC Program Committee, being elected as chair. In this managerial role, I've been required to get involved in the highest decision making processes of my employer. As PC Chair, introduced the submission evaluation process and post-workshop satisfaction evaluation, which have translated into a series of high quality DNS-OARC workshops.

My participation in the DNS-OARC Program Committee is coming to an end, and this is an opportunity to bring my passion for DNS-OARC and its mission to a new level. As a professional I bring an analytical mind, pride on the work well done, and a vision of the activities DNS-OARC should be involved to bring more value to its members.

Daniel Karrenberg (RIPE NCC)

My primary interest is to help see DNS-OARC well resourced, thriving and concentrating on its core mission: collection, provision and some analysis of measurement data concerning the Internet domain name system.

Some relevant experience with DNS and measurements: DNS operator from the 1980s; responsible for k.root-servers.net for more than a decade; one of the instigators and architects of nsd; one of the instigators and architects of RIPE Atlas;

Some relevant governance experience: co-founder of RIPE; first CEO of RIPE NCC; board member and chair of ISOC;

Current relevant hats in the area of DNS-OARC: Chief Scientist of RIPE NCC; Member of ICANN RSSAC;

Short CV:

Daniel Karrenberg is chief scientist at the RIPE NCC, the regional Internet registry for Europe and surrounding areas. He advises on research, creation and piloting of new services as well as general strategy development.

A computer scientist by training, Daniel likes to invent, design and implement Internet related systems, especially those collecting and processing data about the Internet itself. He also likes to occasionally inject physics, engineering and "networking style" into debates about Internet governance.

Daniel maintains his public biography on LinkedIn.

Ample information about his past sins can be found using your favorite search engine. Following are a few additional keywords you might use, arranged by decade:

  • 1980s: GUUG EUUG EUnet unido mcvax cwi RARE iepg RIPE /
  • 1990s: RIPE+NCC rir iana postel terena ebone centr k.root-servers.net /
  • 2000s: dnsmon nsd ris internet+society rssac /
  • 2010s: ripe+labs ripestat ripe+atlas


John Dickinson(Sinodun)

I have over 15 years experience working in IT, Including several years as a systems administrator and Internet protocol researcher for Nominet UK where I was part of the team that oversaw the operation of the UK’s ccTLD infrastructure.

I was one of the first people to publish code to make use of HSMs for DNSSEC, I was also one of the first to demonstrate how quickly the 2008 Kaminsky attack on DNS could be performed. More recently I have been involved in developing Hedgehog (a front-end for DSC), contributing to GetDNS, DNS Privacy and Universal Acceptance. I was a member of the Root KSK Key Rollover design team and am currently a member of RSTEP.

I am an author on RFC7766 : DNS Transport over TCP – Implementation Requirements, RFC7583 : DNSSEC Key Rollover Timing Considerations and draft on DNS Session Signaling. In the past I have presented work at OARC, CENTR, RIPE and IETF.