During the 2019 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:

  • The Board seat held by Ondřej Surý, who has served for two years (and previously one year for CZ.NIC) is up for election by rotation.
  • The Board seat held by David Lawrence, who has served for two years, and is up for election by rotation.
  • The Board seat held by Duane Wessels is up for election due to his having served the term-limit of six years/three terms on the OARC Board.

Note that Board seats from 2018 onwards are held in an individual rather than Member organization capacity. Candidates however must have been nominated by, and employed by or affiliated with, a DNS-OARC Member in good standing

The candidates and their election platforms are given below.


Paul Ebersman (Neustar)

I've been building and supporting internet infrastructure since 1984, when I was in the US Air Force, and supporting large scale DNS since 1990, as an early employee of UUNET. I have continued this involvement over the years, working at ISC, Nominum, Infoblox, Comcast and Neustar.

In addition to involvement with various operational organizations such as NANOG and RIPE and standards bodies like the IETF and ICANN/SSAC, I have been on the DNSOARC program committee as well as serving previously on the DNSOARC board.

DNS is a critical piece of the internet's infrastructure and a vital source of security and security information. DNSOARC has always been involved in efforts to understand and secure this. Having rich DNS research data, tools and research expertise is necessary to keep the DNS functioning well. Various standards, such as DoH and DoT, use of DNS for defense and attacks, and massive proliferation of edge devices (human and IoT based) all make DNS research more vital than ever.

I would be honored to continue and expand these efforts, as well as extend the currency and relevance of OARC.

David Lawrence (Oracle)

I have been a member of the DNS community for over two decades, as a co-author on BIND 9, an active participant in the standards process, and a software engineer and architect for ISC, Nominum, Akamai, and now Oracle. With passions for both technology and policy, I have a very strong interest in the ongoing health of the Domain Name System and the institutions that support it. Having served one term now on the DNS-OARC Board of Directors, I see the potential for additional growth of the organization and I'd like to help facilitate that.

You can find out more about me on my LinkedIn profile. https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-c-lawrence/

Benno Overeinder (NLnet Labs)

I am a research engineer and manager at NLnet Labs, with a strong interest in infrastructure stability and security, in particular related to DNS and routing. At our company we contribute to these themes by building open source software and contributing to open standards for the Internet. To support the development and standardisation activities, we also carry out research projects, often in collaboration with other partners. Many of these research projects are based on data collected by OARC, based on measurements by the RIPE Atlas platform (see also DNSThought portal), or, for example, using the OpenINTEL platform in which we collaborate with other partners.

I believe in collaboration and knowledge sharing. OARC has shown to be an excellent organisation and platform that brings together analysis and research of DNS-related operational practices and issues. OARC meetings themselves also bridge the gap between three important pillars in DNS: standards, operations and research. I am actively involved in standardisation (IETF), in the operational community (e.g. RIPE meetings, *NOG meetings), research (with other organisations and universities) and see the importance of OARC as a platform for these three overlapping communities.

Ondřej Surý (ISC)

Internet Systems Consortium is a non-profit supporting the Internet infrastructure with development of open-source project, namely BIND 9, Kea and ISC DHCP. I am standing for re-election for DNS-OARC Board to support the DNS to be the reliable technology. I have alread served as DNS-OARC Board member and I would like to continue the work for the good of DNS-OARC as a board member because I think the DNS-OARC is the best platform for DNS people to meet, discuss and collaborate on the past, present and the future of the DNS.