Joseph V. Tabone

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Country: Malta
Email: jtabone [at]

Joseph V. Tabone is the chairman of the COMNET Foundation, Chairman of the Commonwealth Internet Governance Forum [1], member of The Today Public Policy Institute [2] and a member of the DiploFoundation Research Team for the Diplo Internet Governance Forum. [3]

As Chairman of COMNET Foundation for ICT Development, he represents Malta on the Steering Committee of the Commonwealth’s Connects Program on the Digital Divide and Chairman of the Commonwealth Internet Governance Forum.


Mr. Tabone joined the Government of Ontario in 1963, and for over 30 years he held different managerial positions in education, social services, and information systems.[4]

Joseph V. Tabone received his education at the Lyceum in Malta and attended a variety of higher educational and training institutions in Canada.

In 1989, he was seconded for one year to the Government of Malta to lead the public service reform which included the introduction of ICT systems to the government as part of a long term national ICT strategy for Malta. Between 1997 and 1999 Mr Tabone was retained as adviser by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.[5]

In 2000, he was appointed to set up the Malta Communications Authority, until 2009 he was the Executive Chairman thus responsible for the oversight of the liberalisation process of the local telecommunications market. He is ICT advisor to Government and represents Malta on Internet Governance on the EU’s High Level Group, as well as ICANN's Government Advisory Committee(GAC).[6]