Bill Woodcock

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Bill Woodcock
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William Edward Woodcock IV

(1971-08-16) 16 August 1971 (age 49)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Cruz (B.A. in Book Arts), 1993
Berkeley High School, 1989
OccupationExecutive Director, Packet Clearing House
President, WoodyNet
CEO, EcoTruc and EcoRace
Known for
Audrey Plonk
(m. 2010)
  • William Edward Woodcock III
  • Charlene Louise Mayne

Bill Woodcock (born August 16, 1971 in San Francisco, California, United States) is the executive director of Packet Clearing House,[1] a non-profit research institute dedicated to understanding and supporting Internet traffic exchange technology, policy, and economics; president of WoodyNet[2] and CEO of EcoTruc and EcoRace,[3] companies developing electric vehicle technology for work and motorsport.


Early Internet years[edit]

Bill entered the field of Internet routing research in 1989, while serving as the network architect and operations director for an international multiprotocol service-provision backbone network. In 1993 and 1994, Woodcock was one of the founders of Packet Clearing House, and has served in his current post as Executive Director since 1997. In that time, Woodcock has directly participated in the establishment of more than three hundred public Internet exchange points in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. He continues to serve on the boards of, and provide ongoing technical and policy advice to many of these institutions. In 1998, Woodcock and J.D. Falk's model spam regulation became the first anti-spam legislation in the world, California law 17538.4, and paved the way for other jurisdictions. Woodcock has successfully concluded telecommunications regulatory reform efforts in several African countries.

Business ventures[edit]

Woodcock has director roles in four companies in the areas of satellite communications, content distribution, and domain name service technology. In 2001 Woodcock co-authored (with Chuck Goolsbee) "Chuck & Woody's Fiendishly Difficult Mac-Mgrs Trivia Quiz" for the annual gathering of member of the Macintosh Managers mailing list in San Francisco for Macworld Expo. To date over 50% of the questions remain unanswered.[citation needed] For more than twenty years, together with Richard Ford and initially Brita Meng, he hosted the annual and inaptly named A/UX User's Group Dinner, in conjunction Mactivity and Macworld meetings.[citation needed]

Board memberships[edit]

Other affiliations[edit]

Woodcock is a current or former Packet Clearing House representative to AFRINIC, APNIC, ARIN, IEPG, ISOC, the ISP/C, LACNIC, NATOA, and RIPE.

Recent activities[edit]

Bill Woodcock is a regular speaker at AfNOG, APIA, APNIC, APRICOT, ARIN, ISOC, RIPE, IEPG, IETF, SANOG and NANOG meetings. He has served on the program committees of NANOG, SANOG, PAM, and APRICOT.

Woodcock was one of the two international liaisons in Estonia during the computer attacks unleashed after the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn incident and assisted in the defense coordinated by Hillar Aarelaid and the CERT-EE.[13][14][15]

In the wake of the ITU's December 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications, which he characterized as an attempted take-over of the institutions of Internet governance, Woodcock published a number of secret ITU budget documents and acted as point-person in an effort to redirect USD 11M in U.S. government funds from ITU contributions to support of the multistakeholder model of Internet governance.[16] This effort centered on a "We the People" petition[permanent dead link] and an |explanatory web site, and received much favorable attention in the press and Internet governance community.[17][18]

Books and writings[edit]

Woodcock's published work includes many PCH white-papers, the 1993 McGraw-Hill book Networking the Macintosh, the report of the ANF AppleTalk Tunneling Architectures Working Group, which he chaired in 1993 and 1994, many articles in Network World, MacWorld, MacWEEK, Connections, and other networking journals and periodicals.[19] In addition, he was principal author of the Multicast DNS, IP Anycast, and Operator Requirements of Infrastructure Management Methods IETF drafts. In the early 1990s, he pioneered IGP and EGP-based topological load-balancing techniques using IP Anycast technology. Together with Mark Kosters he proposed at the 1996 Montreal IEPG that the root DNS servers be migrated to IP Anycast, and their work has provided the basis upon which root DNS servers have been deployed since the late 1990s.[20] In 2010 and 2011, with Rick Lamb, who had previously built the signing system that places DNSSEC cryptographic signatures on the DNS root zone, Woodcock built the first global-scale FIPS 140-2 Level 4 DNSSEC signing infrastructure, with locations in Singapore, Zurich, and San Jose.[21][22][23][24] In addition to protocol development work, Woodcock has developed networking products for Cisco, Agilent, and Farallon.



  1. ^ "Packet Clearing House : About : People".
  2. ^ "ARIN : AS715 Registration Information".
  3. ^ "Connected vehicles: net governance and autonomous transport".
  4. ^ "Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace : Our Commissioners". Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Securities and Exchange Commission Form D : Notice of Exempt Offering of Securities".
  6. ^ "Internal Revenue Service : M3AA Foundation 990 filing" (PDF).
  7. ^ "American Registry for Internet Numbers : Former Trustees". Retrieved 21 May 2020.
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  9. ^ "State of California Nonprofit Statement of Information". California Secretary of State. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Number Resource Organization : Response to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group Request for Proposals on the IANA from the Internet Number Community". Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Public Interest Registry Advisory Council". Archived from the original on 2005-12-10.
  12. ^ "Berkeley Telecommunications Task Force meeting minutes". Archived from the original on 2002-11-13. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  13. ^ Landler, Mark; Markoff, John (2007-05-29). "Digital Fears Emerge After Data Siege in Estonia". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  14. ^ Davis, Joshua (2007-08-21). "Hackers Take Down the Most Wired Country in Europe". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-04-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ Ackerman, Elise. "The U.N. Fought The Internet -- And The Internet Won; WCIT Summit In Dubai Ends". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  17. ^ Blue, Violet. "UN plans Internet governance amid outcry to defund ITU". ZDNet. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
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  21. ^ Markoff, John (2011-06-24). "A Stronger Net Security System Is Deployed". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  22. ^ "Internet Groups Inaugurate First of Three Cyber Security Facilities". Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  23. ^ "InsideIT". Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  24. ^ "IT news, careers, business technology, reviews". Computerworld. Retrieved 2020-04-23.

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