Torkington elected to InternetNZ council

Interim result from by-election indicates internet pioneer elected

New Zealand internet pioneer Nat Torkington appears to have been elected to the InternetNZ council in a by-election.

InternetNZ has notified its members that the result is an interim one and has to be checked by scrutineers. It is expected to be confirmed this afternoon.

Torkington's election is for a two-year term.

Torkington runs Kiwi Foo Camp and has had a career in IT since 1992, when he started Victoria University's website.

He chaired the Open Source Convention (OSCON) for a decade is also on the board of the Perl Foundation. He is on the Health Information Strategy Advisory Committee (HISAC) and the Library Information Advisory Commission (LIAC).

The InternetNZ council vacancy was created when Jamie Baddeley was appointed vice president in July.

"I recognise that the success of the internet is wholly due to the end-to-end principle, and don't want to see that ruined by government or greed," Torkington said on the InternetNZ website when explaining why he was running for council.

"I hope to bring my experience, international contacts, and calm no-nonsense attitude to support InternetNZ in its ongoing efforts to keep the New Zealand internet open and uncaptured."

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