Dr. Crocker is CEO and co-founder of Shinkuro, Inc. and Chair of the ICANN Board of Directors.
Dr. Crocker has been involved in the Internet since its inception. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, while he was a graduate student at UCLA, he was part of the team that developed the protocols for the Arpanet and laid the foundation for today’s Internet. He organized the Network Working Group, which was the forerunner of the modern Internet Engineering Task Force and initiated the Request for Comment (RFC) series of notes through which protocol designs are documented and shared.
Dr. Crocker was the IETF’s first area director for security, and later served on the Internet Architecture Board. He has been involved with ICANN since 2002 when he chaired the newly formed Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC). He has been on ICANN’s board since 2003 and been chair since 2011.
Dr. Crocker’s honors include the 2002 IEEE Internet Award, an honorary doctorate from the University of San Martin de Porres in Lima, Perú and membership in the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012.