Barry Shein is currently President and CEO of STD, Inc. which he founded (with two other principles) in 1989. STD’s (Software Tool &
Die) primary service is The World (www.TheWorld.com), an ISP, generally regarded to have been the first commercial dial-up ISP on
the planet in October 1989.
Previous to founding The World he was a manager (and first employee) of the Distributed Systems Group at Boston University which installed
and managed most of the university’s non-IBM mainframe computing and networking environment including the university’s first internet
Barry Shein served on the Usenix board of directors for two terms 1990-1994, and the Sun Microsystems User Group board of directors also
two terms, 1987-1991.
He taught computer science courses for several years at Boston University as a lecturer, and by invitation at Harvard’s John
F. Kennedy School of Government on “Politics and the Internet” in 1995.
Mr Shein has published many articles on both computing and networking topics including a chapter on network applications development in “The
Internet Systems Handbook” (Dan Lynch, Marshall T. Rose, editors), the creation of the NFSSTONES network file system benchmark (Usenix), and
other scholarly and popular articles. Acknowledged for contributions in popular books by Doug Comer, John S. Quarterman, and Paul Graham. A
representative list of publications can be found on his home page.
He has a B.Sc. from Cornell University and a M.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Boston University where he left ABD (“All But
Dissertation”) in 1988.
Other activities of note:
Invited speaker at the 2003 and 2006 MIT Spam Conferences.
Keynote speaker for the 1993 joint conference of the John von Neumann and Hungarian Unix Users Group held at the BME in Budapest, Hungary.
Contributor to a CSNET/NSF funded project, Cypress (Doug Comer, Thomas Narten, et al) to create a standalone internet router from generic,
inexpensive hardware before companies like cisco existed. It ran a network between Purdue, Boston University, University of Arizona,
DECWRL, and BBN/CSNET (referenced in RFC997.)
Initiated a 10mb wireless link between Boston University and Harvard (completing a high-speed loop with MIT) which eventually became the
core group of people who formed NEARnet (Mr Shein had proposed the name “New England Research and Development” network, NERDnet, but it
Managed the Harvard Chemistry Computing Facility.
Wrote the original Xman program (try “man xman” on a linux system) and other widely used software.
While on the research staff of the Occupational Health Group, Department of Physiology, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) he
spent four days a week for almost three years doing medical research on the Boston Fire Department in the firehouses and other facilities
and riding into fires. At HSPH he later worked on one of the first portable spirometry (respiratory measurement) computers with funding
from the Ford Motor Company and National Institutes of Health.
Mr Shein also claims to be the inventor of flavored dental floss but you would have to ask him for the story, it’s rather involved.
Digest of statements of support
I am Eric Allman, Chief Scientist at Sendmail, Inc. and author of the sendmail MTA. I encourage the ASO AC to appoint Barry Shein to the ICANN board of directors. I’ve known Barry since the early days of UNIX and have served with him on the USENIX board of directors. I’ve discussed current ICANN issues with him and believe he has a good grasp of the complex issues facing ICANN today.
I am Douglas Kingston, Site Reliability Manager at Google and I support the appointment of Barry Shein to the ICANN board of directors. I have known Barry for over 20 years and know that he both cares about the internet and has a wealth of experience working with the net as an educator, entrepreneur, and advocate for legitimate users and uses. I have served with him on the Sun User Group board.
To whom it may concern:
My name is Keith Bostic. I’ve been an engineer in the UNIX community for many years: I was one of the principal architects of the Berkeley 4.4BSD releases from the University of California, I was a founder of Sleepycat Software, the developers of the Berkeley DB database software, and I was the recipient of a 1993 Lifetime Achievement Award from the USENIX Association for my efforts in making the BSD releases Open Source software.
I have known Barry Shein for over 20 years. Barry possesses a deep and broad knowledge of issues surrounding the Internet, both technically and from a business perspective. When Barry served on the USENIX Association Board of Directors, he was a well-respected leader, reliable, forward-looking, and thoughtful in his views. I strongly support Barry Shein for a position on the ICANN Board of Directors.
I am Timothy G Smith, Principal at Finaoe Technologies LLC and I encourage the ASO AC to appoint Barry Shein to the ICANN board of directors. I have known Barry for
since the late 80s through his work with USENIX, the Sun Microsystems User Group, NFSSTONES benchmark, his ISP business TheWorld.com, and his longstanding and frequent contributions to USENET and the IETF.
I have always found Barry to be honest, open to new ideas and the debate of old ideas, and forthright in word and deed. I think he would serve the needs of the community well and greatly contribute to the collective efforts.
Timothy G. Smith
I am Margo Seltzer, Architect at Oracle Corporation and Professor at Harvard University, and I encourage the ASO AC to appoint Barry Shein to the ICANN board of directors. I have known Barry for nearly twenty years and interacted with him regularly in his capacity as a member of the USENIX Board of Directors.
Barry would bring an enormous wealth of experience to the ICANN board. He can analyze situations quickly and draw conclusions to develop plans to move forward — he’s decisive, smart, and about as knowledgable as anyone in this domain. I regularly consult him as an expert on both technical and policy mattters regarding the Internet, naming, SPAM, security, etc.
I wholeheartedly endorse Barry’s nomination.
Architect, Oracle Corporation,
Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University
Vice-President, USENIX Association
I am Erik E. Fair, formerly Postmaster of Apple Computer, and co- author of a number of Internet Protocol standards and supporting documents through the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). I have been a user of the Internet for longer than it has been the Internet – that is, back to the days of NCP and the ARPANET.
I encourage the ASO AC to appoint Barry Shein to the ICANN Board of Directors. I have known Barry, personally and professionally, for two decades. I met him through the USENIX Association, at their technical conferences, and we’ve also both worked on Internet issues in IETF working groups over that time.
Barry owns & operates his own successful Internet Service Provider (ISP), which makes him experienced not only in the technical and operational aspects of the Internet, but also in its business and economic aspects.
He has also worked in academia, and so can speak from experience of that world.
He is a careful thinker, articulate, straightforward, and honest.
These qualities would make him a great asset to the ICANN Board of Directors.
Erik E. Fair
My name is Eliot Lear. I am a senior consulting engineer at Cisco Systems, and the author of several RFCs, including two on Internet Addressing. I write to you today not as an employee of Cisco, but as a senior member of the community, who wonders why on Earth you would even consider not appointing Barry Shein to the Board of Directors.
I have known Barry for over twenty years, when he ran the computing department for Boston University. He was also then on the board of the Sun Users Group (SUG), and a member of the USENIX Board, the governing body for USENIX. Barry went on to found the first commercial ISP, World.STD.COM, and to be one of the first members of the community to attempt to attack the spam problem.
Barry doesn’t toot his own horn all that loudly, and so I strongly encourage you not only to appoint Barry, but to take the opportunity to listen to some of his experiences. He is truly a remarkable man. Ask him, for instance, about the development of flavored dental floss.
I, Kenneth D. Mandl, MD, MPH, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School strongly encourage ASO AC to appoint Barry
Shein to the ICANN board of directors. I have known Barry for more than a decade. As founder and president of the world’s first Internet Service Provider (The World.com) offering commercial internet dial-up, Barry started out and has remained at the forefront of work and ideas about the Internet and World Wide Web. He also been a champion of the international campaign against spam. Barry would bring a breadth and depth of experience and expertise difficult to find in anyone else.
Kenneth D. Mandl, MD, MPH
Children’s Hospital Boston | Harvard Medical School
Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology
I am Jon Loeliger, an Independent Consultant, and I encourage the ASO AC to appoint Barry Shein to the ICANN board of directors.
I have known Barry for many and have heard him prattle endlessly about Life, The World, and Everything, and how he can help it.
This role would be a good starting point!
I am Marshall Kirk McKusick and I encourage the ASO AC to appoint Barry Shein to the ICANN board of directors. I have known Barry for over twenty years and among other things served with him on the Usenix Association (www.usenix.org) board of directors. Barry understands the role of a director. He is excellent at looking at the big issues and avoiding the temptation to micro manage.
Marshall Kirk McKusick
I am (NAME, TITLE) and I encourage the ASO AC to appoint Barry Shein to the ICANN board of directors. I have known Barry for (many years) and (worked with him, served on …. with him, etc)
My name is Win Treese. I am Director of Advanced Technology for SiCortex, Inc. I am writing to encourage the ASO AC to appoint Barry Shein to the ICANN Board of Directors. I have known Barry for over 20 years, and he brings a strong background and experience to ICANN.
I wish the ASO AC success in making the ICANN appointments.
treese [at] acm [dot] org
I have known Barry for a remarkably long time,since we first worked together at a small startup around 20 years ago. I strongly encourageth ASO AC to appoint him to Board of Directors. He is an Internet businessman, having founded the first commercial ISP; he’s a technical guy, as shown by his ongoing involvement in early Unix and Usenix. He has a unique sense of humor that melds both camps — who else could have an initial login message from Dennis Ritchie that said “hello, world” and mean it — it’s his hostname!
He knows what he’s doing, he cuts through the crap, and generally does it without pretension and without getting too many people mad at him. That’s a rare combination. Please don’t skip this opportunity, and nominate him.
Visiting Member, IBM Academy
STSM, DataPower Chief Programmer
WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances
I am writing in support of Barry Shein to the ICANN board of directors. I have known Barry since the late 1980’s and have observed him, repeatedly, in several areas of endeavor, to be the kind of guy who figures things out and gets things done.
He brings to the table:
* a keen sense of the Internet as a vehicle for human expression in the form of communities
* the perspective of operating a small ISP for just under 20 years
* connections to, and frequent dialogue with, top Internet technologists
* a deep-seated interest in ICANN serving not just its members but Internet users in general.
As the exhaustion of the IPv4 address space looms larger, I believe Barry’s perspective and input will be useful to the ASO.
David A. Eckhardt
Associate Teaching Professor
Computer Science Department
Carnegie Mellon University
Affiliation provided for identification purposes only; I am not speaking on behalf of Carnegie Mellon University.
I am Craig Partridge (former member of IESG, long-time Internet person, etc) and I encourage the ASO AC to appoint Barry Shein to the ICANN board of directors. I have known Barry since 1987 or so (when he and I worked together on CSNET matters) and generally have a high regard for Barry’s savvy about operational issues.
Chief Scientist, BBN Technologies