Jean-François Abramatic

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Jean-François Abramatic is an expert in networking, image processing and graphics, and a former ICANN Board member.[1][2]


Abramatic was appointed by the ICANN Board by the Protocol Supporting Organization (PSO).[1] He had been nominated on October 25, 1999. His one-year term expired in September 2000 (some sources say October 1, 2000).[3][4][5]

Education and Career

According to Conseil Stratégique des Technologies de l'Information, Abramatic was born in Paris, France in 1949.[6] Abramatic received his Master's degree from Ecole des Mines in Nancy and his PhD from the University of Paris VI. He served as Chairman of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).[1]

He served as Associate Director of the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science from 1997 to 1998 and Director of Development and Industrial Relations at INRIA[7] from 1992 to 1999. Abramatic responsible for establishing W3C's European branch of in partnership with MIT LCS in 1995. He was the General Chairman of the Fifth International World Wide Web Conference that was held in Paris in May 1996. According to ICANN, he was asked by the French government to prepare a report entitled "Le Développement Technique de l'Internet", which was was published in June 1999.[1]

He also holds two patents: "Method and Apparatus for Improved Digital Image Processing" (with W.K. Pratt and O.D. Faugeras) and "Visual telecommunications processes and devices, particularly for people with hearing problems" (with P. Letellier and M. Nadler).[6]

Some of his other affiliations include:[6]

  • 1993-1997, Board of Directors, 02 Technology
  • 1994-2000, Board of Directors, ILOG
  • 2000-2003, Member, Strategic Advisory Board on Information Technologies
  • 2000-2003, Member, Steering Committee, Internet Rights Forum
  • 2000-2003, Member, Reuters Venture Capital Technical Advisory Board
  • 2001-2003, Member, Research Board, Ecole Polytechnique




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Biographical Data on New Directors, ICANN. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  2. ICANN lacks strong US corporate presence, say critics, ComputerWorld. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  3. Jean-François Abramatic, ICANN. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  4. Board of Directors, ICANN. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  5. Appointment of PSO representatives to the ICANN Board of Directors, Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Jean-François ABRAMATIC, Conseil Stratégique des Technologies de l'Information (CTSI). Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  7. The Internet belongs to everyone by Eric Lee (2000), published by Labour and Society International. Retrieved November 13, 2015.