Mark Nottingham

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Nottingham in 2013

Mark Nottingham (born November 30, 1971) is a web infrastructure developer.

Nottingham served on the W3C's Technical Architecture Group[1] and is currently a member of the Internet Architecture Board[2]. He has chaired the IETF HTTP Working Group since 2007, the IETF QUIC Working Group since 2016, and previously chaired the W3C Web Services Addressing Working Group.

He has authored a number of IETF RFCs[3] related to HTTP, URIs and other Web technology.

Nottingham has worked at Akamai Technologies as a Research Scientist, BEA Systems as a Senior Principal Technologist, Yahoo! as a "technical Yahoo" in the media infrastructure department, and Rackspace as a Systems Architect. He then went on to re-join Akamai in September 2012, before transitioning to a brief position at Mozilla, followed by a move to Fastly, in the Office of the CTO.[4]

In 2002, Nottingham wrote "So You'd Like to Be a Standards Geek,[5]" a reading list on for people who aspire to create Internet protocols and formats. He included Machiavelli's The Prince among the books to read: "It's short, sweet (well, not really) and gets you in the proper frame of mind for doing battle, er, gathering consensus," he quipped.

He has been a featured speaker at technical conferences including XTech 2006[6], QCon 2007[7], Velocity 2010[8], 2014[9], and ausnog 2017[10].

In August 2017, Nottingham submitted issues to several programming libraries asking for their removal of the 418 ("I'm a teapot") HTTP status code[11] which resulted in it being reserved in a forthcoming revision of HTTP.[12]

Originally from Baltimore, United States, Nottingham graduated from Towson University with a bachelor of arts in photojournalistic studies, a self-designed major that included work in journalism, photography and graphic design.

He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife Anitra and their two sons.


  1. ^ "W3C Technical Architecture Group". Archived from the original on 2016-02-04.
  2. ^ "Members of the Internet Architecture Board". Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  3. ^ "Profile for Mark Nottingham". Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  4. ^ Nottingham, Mark. "Resume for Mark Nottingham". Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  5. ^ Mark Nottingham (2002-08-09). "So You'd Like to Be a Standards Geek". Archived from the original on January 19, 2010.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  6. ^ "XTech 2006: Schedule". 2006-08-28. Archived from the original on 2006-08-28. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  7. ^ "Speakers -> Mark Nottingham". Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  8. ^ "Stupid Web Caching (and Other Intermediary) Tricks: Velocity 2010 - O'Reilly Conferences, June 22 - 24, 2010 - Santa Clara, CA". Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  9. ^ "". 2015-03-10. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  10. ^ "AusNOG 2017 Speakers |". Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  11. ^ Mark Nottingham. "Re: 425 (Too Early)".
  12. ^ Nottingham, Mark (2017-11-23). "418". Github. Retrieved 2018-12-21.

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