Joe Abley

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of ICANN's RSSAC Caucus

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of the ICANN Staff

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Joe Abley holds the position Director of Engineering at Cloudflare and is an RSSAC Caucus and SSAC member at ICANN.

Mr Abley was formerly Chief Technology Officer at Public Interest Registry, Principal Contortionist at Snake Hill Labs Inc, Infrastructure Scientist at Afilias and Director of Architecture at Dyn Inc, a position he held between February 2015 and March 2017[1] and before that, Director of DNS Operations at ICANN. He was also Network Architect at TekSavvy Solutions, Inc, a large, independent Canadian ISP; a member of the LonIX Advisory Council and a Director of Hopcount Limited.[2] At ICANN, Joe provided direction for the operation of ICANN's production DNS services, including the L Root Server and the systems and processes used to manage DNSSEC in the root zone of the DNS. Joe is an active contributor to the IETF, a volunteer instructor for the Network Startup Resource Center and a trustee of the New Zealand Network Operators Group.

Joe has been Executive Director of the IAB, Chair of the NANOG Steering Committee, and a member of the Programme Committee at NANOG and SANOG.

Joe has written several RFCs. He attends operator meetings including NANOG, RIPE, the Canadian ISP Summit, AfNOG, SANOG and NZNOG.

Career History

Mr Abley held various roles at Dyn, Inc including Director of Architecture and Director of Infrastructure, between October 2013 and March 2017, departing during Dyn's acquisition by Oracle.

He was a Director of the Toronto Internet Exchange from 2007 until 2009.

At Afilias, he was the Director of Operations, Content Propagation and Resolution Services, where he was responsible for and part of the team that managed Afilias' distributed authority server platform for various Afilias-operated top-level domains.

From 2004 to 2006, Joe worked at ISC, where he had the responsibility of the architecture and operation of ISC's networks in California and in the twenty F root nameserver nodes distributed around the world, many of which he helped install. While he was at ISC, he taught workshops and tutorials around the world.[3] He has also worked at Metromedia Fiber Network (now, again, AboveNet) and CLEAR Communications Limited (now Vodafone New Zealand). Joe was a founder of the Auckland Peering Exchange (APE).


Joe Abley received a BA in Physical and Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, which also awarded him an MA for reasons unrelated to study.

Personal Life

Joe currently lives in Amsterdam with his wife, Filiz Yılmaz.


External Links

Joe Abley at NSRC.