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Biography: 

As Chief Internet Technology Officer, Olaf has responsibility for leading Internet Society’s Strategic Technical activities, particularly as they pertain to issues and opportunities for enhancing the Internet’s evolution.

Olaf has been actively involved with Internet technologies since his astronomy studies during the early nineties. Internet became his professional focus in 1996 when he joined the RIPE NCC to develop the first version of what has become a worldwide test-network. In 2007 he became the managing director of NLnet Labs. Under his responsibility NLnet Labs produced open-source products, performed research on technical issues with global impact, and contributed actively to the regional and global collaborative standard and governance bodies (e.g. ICANN, RIPE, IETF), and 'pushed the needle' on the development and deployment of DNSSEC.

Kolkman describes himself as an Internet generalist and evangineer, somebody with deep knowledge on some of the Internet's technical aspects who particularly enjoys bridging the technology-society-policy gaps.

Notable Accomplishments

Olaf Kolkman has had numerous responsibilities in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the premier standards organization for the Internet. He chaired the IETF DNS Extension Working Group (dnsext) and the Web Extensible Internet Registration Data Service (weirds) working groups. He was IAB member from 2006 to 2012 and its chair between March 2007 and March 2011. He was member of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) and the IETF Trust, and was Acting RFC Series Editor in 2011, and was the IETF/ISOC representative on the European Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardization between 20112 and 2017.

He currently serves as a Trusted Community Representative in the context of the DNS Root-Signing ceremony, a commissioner on the Global Commission for Stability in Cyberspace, and a member of the advisory council of Bits of Freedom.

Olaf Kolkman is based in the Netherlands, where he lives with his family. He tweets as @kolkman.

Latest Posts

  • Time to get ready for IETF 99! Starting a week from today, on Sunday, 16 July, the Internet Engineering Task Force will be in Prague, Czech Republic, where about 1000 engineers will spend a week discussing the latest issues in open standards and...
    Date published 10 July 2017
  • Eighty-three organizations and individuals from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States are insisting governments support strong encryption. The letter, which was sent to government representatives in each of the...
    Date published 04 July 2017
  • WannaCry, or WannaCrypt, is one of the many names of the piece of ransomware that impacted the Internet last week, and will likely continue to make the rounds this week. There are a number of takeaways and lessons to learn from the far-reaching...
    Date published 15 May 2017
  • On the 27th of April 2017, the 29th DNSSEC root-signing ceremony took place. A good description of the ceremony is written by Ólafur Guðmundsson. Perhaps you want to skim that blog first, as I will refer to it a few times below. You may also want to...
    Date published 03 May 2017
  • Online trust and the fundamental need to collaborate to address its challenges is an issue I care about deeply. Today I’m excited to share some important news about a new Initiative at the Internet Society that we believe will help us get to the...
    Date published 05 April 2017

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