Andy Linton

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Network Engineer and Trainer

I have 30 years experience in Internet networking and I'm now doing the best Internet related job I've ever had working for the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) based at the University of Oregon.

My initial experience was as a researcher and programmer in the university sector at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and Victoria University of Wellington and then as a network engineer with a number of Internet Service Providers in Australia and New Zealand such as AARNet,, Telecom NZ, Netlink, Telstra and CityLink. I spent time at Victoria University of Wellington from 2008-2014 teaching Network Engineering in the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

I'm based in New Zealand and was able to travel as a volunteer on a number of occasions to teach at the PacNOG Internet infrastructure computer workshops in Pacific countries such as Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, French Polynesia and American Samoa. This was where I met the folks from NSRC and when they offered me the chance to work with them it was an easy choice. I've since had the opportunity to travel to Asia, Africa and the Pacific helping local people build networks in places where resources are constrained, good advice is hard to come by and people are hungry for information and knowledge.

I am one of the 14 global Trusted Community Representatives who oversee the DNSSEC key ceremonies where the cryptographic digital keys used to secure the Internet DNS Root Zone are generated and securely stored.

I have served on the board of the Public Interest Registry which manages the .org domain, the council of InternetNZ and the board of New Zealand's Domain Name Commission which manages the .nz name space. I have also been a trustee of the NZ Network Operators' Group Trust. I have done work for APNIC, RIPE and ICANN building software systems, networks and undertaking structural reviews.