Franck Martin

Franck Martin


Franck Martin is vice-chairman of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC) since its creation in 1999. PICISOC encompasses 22 countries or territories with over 300 individual members. Since 2002, he has participated in the organisation of PacINET, the annual Internet Meeting of the Pacific Islands. Earlier in 1994, he was a co-founder of IT-PacNET, which was the meeting of the ICT specialists of 10 regional governmental organisations in the Pacific before becoming the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific ICT Working Group. He was chair of this group in 2005.

He has observed ISOC and ICANN board meetings and participated to GAC meetings. He is currently helping to organise the Pacific Islands Forum ICT ministerial meeting in Wellington in March 2006. A meeting of 16 Ministers chaired by New Zealand to discuss the Pacific Islands Digital Strategy which is the follow up of the Pacific Islands ICT Policy and Strategic Plan where he had a major role in the drafting committee.

He is working on Free and Open Source Software to develop local content via online mapping for 14 Pacific Islands Countries as part of a European project conducted by SOPAC the regional governmental organisation in charge of helping Pacific Islands countries in applied geosciences.

He is member of the University of the South Pacific advisory committee on its ICT cursus, he has been a member in 2003 of the ICT committee for the South Pacific Games (4000 athletes).

He is well travelled and has attended INET, EGENI, OpenSouce geospatial conferences around the world.

He has installed the sole ISP in Tuvalu in 1999, he has redeployed Internet in Samoa in 1998 and he has migrated the sole ISP of Kiribati towards Free and Open Source Software in 2002.

He has installed 2 ccTLDs: Nauru and Kiribati.

He is the Author of the SSL Certificates HOWTO and is working on standardising wiki by submitting a draft RFC to IETF.

He is a graduate of the École supérieure d'ingénieurs de Marseille, a French chartered school.

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