ISOC UK England Chapter Chartered

October 1999

ISOC England (aka ISOC UK England)

Current team:
Dr. Olivier Crepin-Leblond (chair) (Jan 2012)
Desiree Miloshevic
Tricia Drakes
Christian de Larrinaga

Date of founding: Founded December 1997, Chartered as ISOC England October 1999


Christian de Larrinaga
Simon Forrest
Robin Pickering
Mick Farmer
Gordon Howell
Bryan Pyne
Rosemary Gardner

Past Directors:

Founding Board (1999)

Christian de Larrinaga
Simon Forrest
Robin Pickering

Board members past:

Christian de Larrinaga–appointed May 1999
Tricia Drakes–appointed March 2000
Richard Francis–appointed June 2000
Chris Yapp–appointed June 2000
George Siemienieuch–appointed October 2000
Alan Butler–appointed October 2000
Hugh Milward–appointed 2001/2002
Helen Wilkinson–appointed 2001/2002
Dr. Olivier Crepin-Leblond–appointed 2001

Past Officers:

Chair: 1999-2002 (Nov) Christian de Larrinaga
Chair: 2002-2012 (Jan)  Tricia Drakes
Secretary: 1999-2003/4  Richard Francis
Treasurer Emeritus: 2000-2002 Dr. George Siemieniuch
Membership Administration: 2000-2002 Angela Simmons
Webmaster Emeritus: 1999-2000 Simon Forrest ~
Webmaster Emeritus: 1998-1999 Mick Farmer ~
First Newsletter Editor: Olivier Crepin-Leblond

What was the original impetus or inspiration for your chapter’s founding?

“The Internet is for everyone but it won’t be unless we make it so” Vint
Cerf, April 1999

Does your chapter have any notable members or former members you’d like to tell us about (for example, persons who have played a significant role in the expansion of the Internet in your part of the world)?

UK has several leading Internauts. The first international connection of ARPANET was to the UK at UCL in a project led by Jon Postel award-winner Prof. Peter Kirstein CBE. There are several senior network and ICT luminaries in the membership list.

Please share any significant milestones in your chapter’s history.

This is a very incomplete list largely taken from archives we’ve managed
to secure.


• Chartering October 1999
• Agreement by members for ISOC London in formation to become ISOC England
• ISOC England website and members list
• ISOC England foundation rules and Memorandum and Articles
• ISOC England founder and individual memberships
• ISOC England approved as a chapter of the Internet Society
• Commonwealth Institute Reception
• Internet Society Policy dinner (government and societal 1999/2000), guest of honour Don Heath at Institute of Directors

• Modernising Government (Don Heath ISOC President’s keynote speech –
• Launch event Oxford University at eBusiness conference March 2000
• Greenwich Tema Civic twinning Link and Internet Sustainable Training
Centres (participant)
• Internet Users Privacy Forum (participant) at LINX. Creation of Best
Practice (BoP) agreed by ISPs (participant)
• Oftel Internet Forum (attend)
• Scrambling for Safety (eCommunications bill) (attend and monitor)
• INET – Global Internet Summit (San Jose and Yokohama) (attend and monitor)
• Legal & Regulatory ISIG and launch reception in Yokohama, Japan (founder)
• Grasping the Nettle (with the Corporation of London and others) (partner and attend)
• ICANN Cairo, LA, (attend)
• ICANN at large director elections (monitor and recommend)
• CAINET regional Internet conference (attend and talk)
• Jeddah BBG eBusiness conference (support)
• eBusiness month UK November 2000 (attend and activities)
• Greenwich Net Time established atomic clocks for the Greenwich time
exchange at LINX (co-founder)
• ISOC Chapters Co-coordinating Council (attend)
• European ISOC Chapters Co-ordination (attend)
• European Union Presidency ISOC co-ordination (co-founder and attend)
• African chapters meeting (participate)
• ISOC eCommerce Initiative (co chair)
• Formation of Internet Societal Task Force (steering group)
• ISPA Parliamentary Advisory Forum (participate)
• The Virtual Society programme (monitor)
• Newham Online (monitor)
• Oxford eBusiness 2000 conference (advisory board)
• Internet Society lectures at UCL and Cambridge – Vint Cerf (hosted by
ISOC England)
• ISOC England board recruitment
• Tricia Drakes as ISOC England Advisory board chair
• ISOC briefings to LINX, ISPs Cabinet Office, and others
• Implementing IPv6 briefings to LINX members
• Citizens Online (participant)
• E.PING (European Parliamentary Group) (represented)
• Lifestyle Network (advisory board)
• Webmaster 2000 and several Internet conferences and events (discounts
for members)
• Internet Fiesta (participant and promoter)
• RIP Act consultation (monitor)
• Domain Spring Clean project .uk (test security and management of .uk zone)
• Dot com legal seminar
• Dot com ethics eBusiness and social responsibility
• IM2000 Awards (Intranet judges)
• LSE International Forum on Surveillance by Design (participant and
• Real Time Club debate (instigator and victor!)
• Prometheus 2020 and Prometheus Europe (panel, speaker and participant)
• Domain Name Spring Clean Project .UK
• BIND vulnerabilities survey and warnings to 100 Group Finance
directors, eEnvoy, DTI, NCSIS, and others.
• Training courses in Security, Ipv6, Kerberos, XML, Open Software, etc.
• Endorsement sponsor for Government Computing, Five Medias, Internet
Law, and Banking conferences.
• Private briefing for DFID to propose mandating IPv6 for G8’s Dot FORCE
• Support foundation of ISOC Chapter in Ireland
• ECC proposals
• Secured IAB support for ISOC chapters to liaise with EU ICT Standards
• Europaeum “Democracy & the Internet” Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford University
26th September 2001
• DON’T BLOW IT 27 September 2001 a one-day conference produced by Spiked
• IETF London 2001 – Internet Engineering Master Lectures
Geoff Huston – Internet Routing (presentation)
Marco Carugi – Virtual Private Networking (presentation)
Bob Fink – IPv6 (presentation)
Fred Baker – Quality of Service (presentation)
Barbara Fraser – Security RFC 2196 (presentation)
Scott Bradner – RFC 2026 and the Internet standards process (presentation)
Gary Tomlinson – Content Networking (presentation)


• UK Internet’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, Vint Cerf, Bob Khan, Peter
• Breakfast at the Gherkin – Vint Cerf on Bit rot.
• ISOC European Chapters dinner
• One Web Day 2008
• INET London 2010
• – IPv6 Matrix project
• World IPv6 Day – June 8th 2011 Chapter Internet services IPv6 ready

What challenges, if any, has your chapter faced in carrying out its
mission and work?

• Funding
• Recruitment
• ISOC credibility and awareness
• Vested interests agenda

One particular challenge is that the Internet in the UK has reached a level of maturity that puts it on par with standard utilities like electricity and water. As a result, whilst there is interest in people being “free” members, there is much less interest in taking an active part, absent of strong projects that could mobilise people. However, with such a wide membership, strong political militant projects are discouraged due to the lack of consensus and the culture avoiding militancy. ISOC being much more mainstream, the main mission of information and education just does not generate as much press interest
as more militant campaigns run by other organisations, some being single-purpose organisations. This translates to a rather poor participation at face-to-face meetings, exacerbated by only a subset of our membership being based in London and by our London audience being very busy at all times, including the aggravating factors associated with traffic & logistics.

The other problem has been the funding of the chapter activities. Corporate Sponsorship generally goes to ISOC global as these organisations become organisational members. There is currently no fee for individual members. Physical locations for face-to-face meetings are expensive in central London.
Has the nature of your chapter’s membership and/or focus changed since
its formation? If so, how?

There have been some big turning points. For instance when ISOC removed individual members as electors for Trustees in 2002.

The chapter amended its UK legal structure in 2004-5.

The basic rationale for the chapter I think has remained constant. If anything, it has become more urgent and important as time goes by.