Scott Bradner

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Scott Bradner is a senior figure in the area of Internet governance. He serves as the secretary to the Internet Society and was formerly a trustee. He is on the board of ARIN, the North American IP address registry. He has also held numerous senior leadership roles on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) which develops Internet standards.[1] Until his retirement in July 2016, he was also University Technology Security Officer at Harvard University.[2][3]

In the mid-1990s Mr Bradner distinguished himself as one of the most trustworthy and reliable voices in the area of "Internet governance"[citation needed]—the process of developing an institution to succeed the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), which managed the Internet's domain name system, but was essentially run by a computer science professor, Jon Postel. As one of a number of close advisers to Dr. Postel, Mr. Bradner sought to maintain the spirit of "Internet self-governance"—the idea that the users of the network should decide the rules by which they would abide.

In 1996 at a conference of the Harvard Information Infrastructure Project, Mr. Bradner famously described two conundrums of the Internet that still hold: "Who says who makes the rules?" and "Who says who pays for what?"


  1. ^ "Scott Bradner". Internet Society. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  2. ^ "A discussion with Scott Bradner". Harvard Computer Society. Archived from the original on 28 September 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Scott Bradner - resume". Retrieved 22 May 2011.

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