John Levine

John Levine

Former Member, Internet Society Board of Trustees


John Levine has been a member of the Internet Society Board of Trustees since July 2015. He is also president of CAUCE North America (, the leading grass roots anti-online-abuse organization, and an independent writer and consultant.

In 1993, he wrote The Internet for Dummies which became one of the best selling computer books of all time, and is now in its 14th edition. Around that time he set up his first dedicated Internet connection, using a pair of wifi-like Wavelan cards to connect from the roof of his house to a friend's house, to share the friend's blazing fast 56 kilobit connection to the local Internet co-op.

He's also written many other books including qmail and Linkers and Loaders, and written for journals including Microprocessor Report and Virus Bulletin.

Mr. Levine has been active in the IETF since 2004 and is the author or co-author of 10 RFCs. From 2003 to 2013 he was the chair of the IRTF Anti-Spam Research Group. From 2005 to 2007 he was a member of the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee, the group charged with representing the interests of Internet users to ICANN.

Prior to that he worked in software development, as one of the authors of Javelin, a desktop time-series modelling program, and the kernel architect for the original version of AIX for the RT PC, one of IBM's first Unix workstations.

Mr. Levine holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University.

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