[Podcast] APNIC celebrates 30 years: Part 5 — What really happened

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APNIC 30th Anniversary Panel at APNIC 56. From left: Elise Gerich, Akinori Maemura, Gaurab Raj Upadhaya, Geoff Huston, David Conrad, Jun Murai, and Paul Wilson.

In this episode of PING, we’ve got a panel session from APNIC 56 where Geoff Huston and six guests discuss the 30-year history of APNIC.

The APNIC 30th Anniversary Panel were:

  • Professor Jun Murai, who’s known as the ‘father of the Internet’ in Japan. In 1984, he developed the Japan University UNIX Network (JUNET), the first-ever inter-university network in that economy. In 1988, he founded the Widely Integrated Distributed Environment (WIDE) Project, a Japanese Internet research consortium, for which he continues to serve as a board member. Along with Geoff, Jun was a founder of what became APNIC.
  • Elise Gerich, a 31-year veteran of Internet networking, is recognized globally for her significant contributions to the Internet. Before retiring, Elise was the President of Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) and prior to that, the Vice President of IANA at ICANN. Elise served as the Associate Director of National Networking at Merit Network in Michigan. While at Merit she was also a Principal Investigator for NSFNET’s T3 Backbone Project and the Routing Arbiter Project and was responsible for much of the early address management impetus that led to the creation of the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) system.
  • David Conrad was previously the Chief Technology Officer of ICANN and was involved in the creation of APNIC as its first full-time employee and founding Director General.
  • Akinori Maemura is the JPNIC Chief Policy Officer and was a member of the APNIC Executive Council (EC) for 16 years — 13 of which he served as the Chair.
  • Gaurab Raj Upadhaya Head of Worldwide Video Delivery Strategy, Prime Video at Amazon. Gaurab has been active in the Internet community for more than a decade and like Akinori, was a member of the APNIC EC for 12 years, seven as the Chair.
  • Paul Wilson has more than thirty years of involvement with the Internet, including 25 years of experience as the Director General of APNIC.

The panel discussed the early years of the Internet and the processes that led to the creation of APNIC along with some significant moments in the life of the registry.

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