Michael Roberts

Roberts was the first president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), serving from 1998 to 2001. He worked with its board members and volunteers around the globe to overcome the many challenges of privatizing the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS).

Previously, as Vice President at EDUCOM, a consortium of 600 universities and colleges, he was responsible for networking and telecommunications programs, including the development of public policy positions in information technology.

Earlier, he established a networking policy office in Washington, D.C. for university research networks under the auspices of EDUCOM.  His advocacy efforts included pioneering Congressional testimony on behalf of a National Research and Education Network based on Internet protocols. He also collaborated with others to achieve passage of the High Performance Computing Act of 1991, the first legislation mandating federal use of the Internet.

In 1996, as Director of the EDUCOM Networking Task Force, he led the effort that designed and created Internet2, a second-generation advanced computer network consortium of more than 100 American research universities that has sustained and enhanced the important national and international collaborations in networking that were formed during the NSFnet era.

Prior to joining EDUCOM, he was Deputy Director of Information Technology Services at Stanford University, with executive responsibilities for the university’s computing, communications, and information systems programs. He is a liberal arts graduate of Stanford and earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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