Nigel Roberts

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Nigel Roberts
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Liverpool, UK

Nigel Roberts FIoD FBCS FRSA is a British computer scientist.


Educated at Wigan and Prescot Grammar Schools, he received his first degree in Computer Science from Essex University. Whilst at Essex, he was one of the group of students who conceived and developed the world's first multi-user computer game (MUD).[1] In 2008 he was awarded a First in Law from the OU and the College of Law (now known as the University of Law).


His first job was with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) as a software engineer, where (among other projects) he subsequently worked on the pioneering ALL-IN-1 email and office automation system.[2]

In 1996 he founded the Island Networks group of companies,[3] including CHANNELISLES.NET, the registry operator of the .gg and .je top level domains for Guernsey and Jersey.

In 2005 he became the first person in the UK to obtain damages in court in a lawsuit against a sender of unsolicited email.[4][5][6]


In 1999, Roberts was one of the original members of the ICANN DNSO Names Council, representing the ccTLD constituency.[7] and has been an active participant at ICANN since its foundation. He was one of the participants in the US Government's International Forum on the White Paper (IFWP) in 1997–1998, which led to ICANN's creation.[8]

Roberts later served as one of three elected councillors representing Europe on ICANN's ccNSO Council,[9] one of the two successor bodies to the Names Council[10] between 2013 and the end of June 2018.

In September 2017 he was proposed to the ICANN Board of Directors by .PR (Puerto Rico), .CI (Côte d'Ivoire) and .BE (Belgium).[11] In the subsequent world-wide poll, he was elected[12] receiving 67% of the vote.[13][14] He joined the ICANN Board at the end of October 2018,[15] serving alongside Chris Disspain as one of the two Board Members from the ccNSO.[16]


He ran as a Liberal Democrat for the UK Parliament in the Ipswich Constituency in the 1997 General Election [17] and later served as an elected member of the Alderney legislature (the States of Alderney) during 2002-2003.


Roberts was a Board Director & Council Member of the Radio Society of Great Britain between 1991 and 1996.[18] He holds the amateur radio callsign GU4IJF.[19] He is an occasional radio presenter on the Channel Island local FM station QUAY-FM[20] and a Director of the not-for-profit Alderney Broadcasting Co. Ltd.

Professional societies[edit]

He has been a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society since 2005[21]. He was granted armorial bearings by Letters Patent of the College of Arms on 1 March 2006.[22]. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in 2016[23] and became a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in 2019. He is a Chartered Engineer and a European Engineer.


  1. ^ Bartle, Richard. "Designing Virtual Worlds". p. 5.
  2. ^ "ICANN Wiki". Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  3. ^ "Local Firms Promote Their Island on the Internet". Guernsey Press. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  4. ^ "Spam victory a first". Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  5. ^ "Businessman wins e-mail spam case". BBC News. 2005-12-27. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  6. ^ "Claim back £300 per spam". The Register. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  7. ^ "Election Statement: Nigel Roberts".
  8. ^ "Washington Post". Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Council Members | Country Code Names Supporting Organisation". Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  10. ^ "Nomination and Election Report Council Nominations and Elections to ccNSO Council 2014" (PDF). 16 December 2013.
  11. ^ "ccNSO Board Nominations, September 2017".
  12. ^ "Results for Election 8173be8bdd2". ICANN Tally Election Server.
  13. ^ "Nigel Roberts elected to ICANN Board". World News.
  14. ^ "Roberts elected to ICANN Board". Domain Incite.
  15. ^ "The ccNSO Council Nominates Nigel Roberts to fill ICANN Board Seat number 12".
  16. ^ "BCS Fellow Nigel Roberts appointed to ICANN's Board of Directors".
  17. ^ "Ipswich: Constituency - Politics - The Guardian". 9 December 2013. Archived from the original on 9 December 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  18. ^ "UK Companies House Annual Returns". Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  19. ^ "QRZ Database". QRZ.COM. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  20. ^ "Quay-FM - Meet the Team". Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  21. ^ "BCS Register of Members". Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  22. ^ "Newsletter (No. 10), September 2006 - College of Arms".
  23. ^ "Local Web Pioneer Awarded For His Work - Island FM". 20 February 2016. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016.

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