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Background Information

Employment History



Managing Director

UK Network Operators’ Forum


Founder of UK's First Commercial ISP and


Networking companySpider Systems



Board Member

Console Inc

Advisory Board Member

Open-IX Association

Board Member

Latest News

Board Member

The EB


Open Rights Group

Advisory Council Member

Organic Names Limited

Member of Advisory Board



London Internet Exchange



Executive Board Member

Pipex Communications Plc




Computer Science

Edinburgh University

MSc ( Masters of Science

Data Communications Networks

University of London

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Keith Mitchell
VP of Systems Engineering, ISC Keith Mitchell VP of Systems Engineering, ISC As VP of Systems Engineering at ISC, Keith Mitchell is responsible for the organization's network infrastructure and services operations including operation of ISC's F-root, DNS and hosting network infrastructure, and engineering research and development. Prior to his work at ISC, Keith was the President of OARC Inc., a non-profit association for DNS operators. Before moving to the US, Keith conceived the UK Network Operators' Forum (UKNOF) in 2005, and is the chairperson of UKNOF for the past 20 successful meetings. He has previously been involved in Internet engineering and governance for some 20 years, founding the London Internet Exchange (LINX) in 1994, where he was Executive Chairman until starting up XchangePoint in 2000. He has served as a non-executive Director of Nominet UK, Chairman of the RIPE NCC Executive Board, and founded the UK's first commercial Internet provider, PIPEX, in 1992. Keith offers up intense knowledge of DNS operations and Internet governance, playing an important role in the successful delivery of Uniregistry's purpose and vision. [cached]

Keith Mitchell
Keith Mitchell is currently chairman of the UK Network Operators' Forum (UKNOF). He has been involved in the European Internet industry for nearly 20 years, including founding the first British commercial ISP, PIPEX. Since 1994 he has been active in the Internet interconnect arena, setting up and serving as Executive Chairman of the world's largest nonprofit Internet Exchange, LINX, and more recently XchangePoint. As well as serving on the boards of Internet registries Nominet and the RIPE NCC, Keith has campaigned on privacy and public policy issues, and presented to international Internet meetings including NANOG and ICANN. Keith and his own Autonomous System of BGP routers and Linux servers are re-locating to Cleveland in spring 2006. [cached]

Keith Mitchell's Biography
Keith Mitchell graduated with a B.Sc. in Computer Science fromEdinburgh University in 1984. After a year with Acorn Computers in Cambridge, he went on to attend University College London's advanced M.Sc. course in Data Communications Networks and Distributed Systems, where he first used what is now known as the Internet nearly 30 years ago. From 1986 until 1991, Keith worked for Edinburgh-based Networking companySpider Systems, initially on TCP/IP and X.25 software development. For the latter half of his time at Spider, Keith was responsible for developing and maintaining Spider's international TCP/IP-based internal network, and represented Spider on the board of the UK Internet Consortium, a pressure group seeking to make Internet services available in the UK. In early 1992, Keith joined Unipalm to become one of the founders of PIPEX, the UK's first commercial Internet provider. After 3 years as PIPEX Technical Manager, Keith became Head of Engineering of PIPEX International, supporting wholesale Internet connections to providers outside the UK. From May 1996 until September 2000, Keith's involvement since its 1994 inception with the London InterNet eXchange ( LINX) became the full-time role of Executive Chairman of this UK not-for-profit inter-provider organisation. During this time, the LINX grew to become the largest Internet Exchange Point outside the US, and one of the top 5 globally. At Keith's departure, it had 110 member ISPs, 16 staff, and £2 million revenue. In September 2000, Keith and three other former LINX Directors founded XchangePoint, in conjunction with their proposal to conduct a management buy-out of the LINX. This was a pan-European commercial provider of Internet interconnect and peering services, in which Keith was a founder investor. During Keith's term as Chief Technical Officer, by end 2004 XPE Europe grew to some 200 customers in London, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Amsterdam. Between 2004 and 2006 Keith served as Technical Director of the UK Internet Forum, where he set up the UK Network Operators' Forum. Keith is currently Managing Director of UKNOF which holds regular successful meetings of British ISPs. In 2006 Keith moved to the USA to become Programme Manager of the DNS Operations, Analysis and Research Center ( DNS- OARC), where he grew its member and revenue base by over 30%, and was responsible for OARC's independent nonprofit incorporation while serving as its President. In 2008 Keith was appointed as Director of Engineering at the Internet Systems Consortium ( ISC), and in 2011 became its VP of Systems Engineering. During his time at ISC, company revenue and engineering headcount more than doubled. In July 2012, Keith left ISC to setup his own company, SMOTI Enterprises Inc., which contracts and contributes his time out to a number of Internet engineering nonprofits, most significantly a return to DNS- OARC as its President. Keith has served as a non-executive Director of Nominet UK (1996-2002), and Chairman of the RIPE NCC Executive Board (1997-99).

UKNOF32: Great British IXP Failures (Keith Mitchell) [ video]

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