Mark Nottingham

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I’ve been involved in Web and Internet standards and policy for over 15 years, at both the IETF and the W3C. My work focuses on Web and Internet architecture, HTTP, privacy, performance, and metadata.

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Professional Experience


Senior Principal Engineer (8/17–)

I’m helping define product, participating in standards, and answering questions about HTTP.

Mozilla Corporation

Independant Contractor (5/17–8/17)

I helped define standardisation strategy and improve standards coordination and communication.

Akamai Technologies

Principal Architect (9/12–4/17)

I helped define and lead Akamai’s standards participation strategy, primarily in the IETF and W3C. Additionally, I served as an in-house expert on HTTP, protocol development and the Web.


Systems Architect, Subject Matter Expert (8/11–8/12)

I was responsible for defining and executing Rackspace’s Cloud Standards strategy, as well as consulting on and improving Rackspace and OpenStack HTTP APIs.


Senior Principal Technical Yahoo! (1/06–8/11)

I defined internal standards for HTTP APIs for Yahoo!’s Media group (approximately 20 sites, including finance, movies and news). This work subsequently served as the basis for Yahoo!-wide standards.

I also served as a subject-matter expert on HTTP, assisting product groups in architecting, supporting and implementing services, evangelising its use both inside and outside of Yahoo!.

A major part of this was developing, maintaining and supporting Yahoo’s internal build of the Squid Web Cache, including feature development, such as two new invalidation protocols. This software was used both for the front end (e.g., Flickr, 1.8 billion+ hits/day) and back end (e.g., Sports, News, Mail, Frontpage) by more than 35 internal customers. I also assisted with road-mapping features for the newly open-sourced Apache Traffic Server.

Additionally, I helped manage the company’s overall standards participation and strategy.

BEA Systems

Senior Principal Technologist, Office of the CTO (5/02–1/06)

I provided leadership in standards participation and input on the company’s overall technology strategy through innovation and development of strategic technologies, representation of the company to the industry (through conference presentations and standards committees), and by liaising with partners, customers and internal resources.

Akamai Technologies

Research Scientist, Standards and Protocols (9/99–3/02)

I was the company’s resident expert in HTTP, XML, Web services and other Web technologies.

My primary task was the design of Akamai’s “metadata” system, allowing control of distributed server behaviour. I was also designated as the principal liaison to technical standards bodies and industry consortia (e.g., W3C, IETF, JCP), representing the company to colleagues and partners worldwide.

Merrill Lynch

Internet Project Manager (7/98–9/99)

I championed, designed and oversaw implementation of a worldwide enterprise content delivery network, wrote policy directives for architecture and deployment of caching Web proxies, and proactively diagnosed and remedied performance issues with internal Web-based research delivery system.

I was also responsible for Web development and support within the Australiasian region, working with management to develop a Intranet and Internet business plan. This included deploying and maintaining enterprise firewall systems for Internet and extranet access.


Web Engineer (7/96–3/97)

I was the Webmaster for this ISP, responsible for design of corporate identity, packaging, sales and support materials in addition to Web design. I also assisted in the deployment of a large-scale Squid proxy cache cluster, and led a team to ship an Internet dialup client on CD-ROM.

La Trobe University, IT Services

Webmaster (12/95–7/96)

I was responsible for oversight of the University’s Web presence. This included building and maintaining University Web servers and Harvest caching proxies, developing University-wide policies for Internet use in consultation with legal counsel, and designing the University Web site (which won Best Tertiary Education Site at the 1996 Australian Internet Awards). I also planned and presented Internet and Web training seminars to University staff.


Towson State University, Towson, MD, USA

BA, Interdisciplinary Studies (Self-designed major) 1994

I studied both fine art and journalistic photography, with additional coursework in graphic design, the philosophy of aesthetics, the physics of light, colour theory, and journalism.

I am a citizen of both the United States and Australia. I am a resident of Australia.