Head of External Relations and Communications, RIPE NCC
Joined on January 28, 2004
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Paul has been an active member of the global Internet community since the early 1990s. As the Head of External Relations and Communications at the RIPE NCC, he leads the organisation's internal and external communications. He also oversees the many events arranged by the RIPE NCC for the organisation's members, the RIPE community as well as governments and regulators. Together with the RIPE NCC's senior management team, Paul also develops strategies to ensure that the organisation continues to meet the needs of its members.
Prior to joining the RIPE NCC, Paul worked for EUnet, the first pan-European commercial Internet Service Provider in the region, and the Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association (TERENA).
Today, Paul has a particular interest in the development of the Internet in emerging markets. He is one of the founders of the Middle East Network Operators Group (MENOG), the official consortium for the region's network operators.
The RIPE Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation that provides services to members in the RIPE NCC service region. The membership consists mainly of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecommunication organisations and large corporations.
The RIPE NCC also provides services for the benefit of the Internet community at large including the development and maintenance of the RIPE Database, administrative support for the RIPE community and the development and co-ordination of member-supporting projects.
One of the hot topics at this year's Internet Governance Forum was the continuing development of the infrastructure of the Internet in emerging markets. For example, in a workshop entitled "Strengthening ccTLDs in Africa", attendees debated the drive for technical excellence, better policy structures and enhanced quality of service for the continent's ccTLDs. ... To support this development, we provide a secondary DNS service to not-yet-established ccTLDs, free of charge. more»
For the first time in Internet history the number of instances of DNS root servers outside the United States has overtaken the number within. The balance was tipped by the recent launch in Frankfurt of an anycast instance of the RIPE NCC operated K-root server. The K-root server is one of the 13 DNS root servers that resolve lookups for domain names all over the world and form a critical part of the global Internet infrastructure. The K-root server has been operated by the RIPE NCC since 1997 when the first server was installed at the London Internet Exchange (LINX) in London, UK. more»