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Andy Oram

Editor at O'Reilly & Associates
Joined on December 13, 2003
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Andy Oram is an editor at O’Reilly & Associates, a highly respected
book publisher and technology information provider. An employee of the
company since 1992, Andy currently specializes in free software and
open source technologies. His work for O’Reilly includes the first
books ever published commercially in the United States on Linux, and
the 2001 title Peer-to-Peer. His modest programming and system
administration skills are mostly self-taught.
Andy is also a member of Computer Professionals for Social
Responsibility and writes often for the O’Reilly Network
( and other publications on policy issues
related to the Internet and on trends affecting technical innovation
and its effects on society. He is also serving on the board of the
Open Government Interoperability Project (, whose
mission is to create and disseminate open source solutions to local
government agencies.
His Web site is He works at the
O’Reilly office in Cambridge, Massachusetts and lives nearby with his
wife, two children, and a six-foot grand piano that can often be heard
late at night.

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ICANN and Iraq: Suffering Along

I thought of ICANN yesterday when reading about the devolution of the Iraqi Governing Council, which managed to unite for just a moment to approve a constitution with about the half-life of lutetium. ICANN and the IGC: two institutions put in charge of ill-behaved constituencies and stuck in chronic failure mode. Could anything be learned by examining them at arm's length? Indeed, different as they are, their histories contain several common elements... more

When Did We Give Away the Internet?

I've been following the recent news on the World Summit on the Information Society, and it's getting really bizarre. The Wired article is one example of out of the out-of-this-world coverage on the World Summit; I heard a similar spin yesterday on a radio show that often shares material with the BBC. What king or dictator or bureaucrat has signed the document giving power over the Internet to one organization or another? Did I miss the ceremony? One laughable aspect of news reportage is that the founders and leaders of ICANN always avowed, with the utmost unction, that they were not trying to make policy decisions and were simply tinkering with technical functions on the Internet.  more

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