Thomas Narten

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Country: USA
Email: narten [at]
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Thomas Narten is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM.[1] He has been working for IBM since 1995.[2] He was a Non-Voting Member of the ICANN Board from 2005 to 2013, where he represented the IETF.[3]

Thomas also serves as an IETF Liaison as as a Non-Voting Member on ICANN's IANA and Public Participation Committees.[4]

Conflicts of Interest

COI on the ICANN Board has been a hot topic in recent years, especially in 2011, when a substantial policy on the matter was finally introduced. Despite the fact that Mr. Narten is a non-voting member, he still has excused himself from discussing and influencing some votes related to new gTLDs.[5]

Career History

Narten has been an active contributor in the IETF since 1995, co-authoring 10 RFC's, which include IPv6 specifications. He was an IEFT Area Director for the Internet from 1997 to 2005. He has been a participant in the establishment of IPv6 address policy in the RIR community since 2001. He also helped in developing RFC 3177, "IAB/IESG Recommmendations on IPv6 Address Allocations to Sites," which served as input to the RIR discussions. He takes part in the public policy discussions in the APNIC, ARIN and RIPE regions. Thomas was a major participant in the process that produced the globally coordinated IPv6 address policy adopted by each of the RIRs in 2002.[6]

Before joining IMB, Narten was on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at SUNY-Albany.[7]


He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University.[8]