Smith - Bill

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Bill Smith has over 30 years experience ranging from individual contributor as a software developer to executive at several companies. He currently is Technology Evangelist at PayPal where he advocates for improvements to the security, stability, and reliability of the Internet. Bill represents PayPal at ICANN, the IGF, ARIN, WSIS, the ITU, and the IETF. He helps establish and present PayPal’s position at these and other Internet Governance fora bridging the gaps between technology, policy, and business.

Prior to joining PayPal, Bill was Sr. Director Business Strategy, Office of the CTO, Sun Microsystems where he helped establish and execute the company's international standards strategy. At Sun, Bill actively participated in the development of secure, privacy-­-aware digital identity standards as an officer and Board member of the Liberty Alliance and Kantara Initiative. He is a past President of OASIS, served as co-­-chair of ebXML, the joint OASIS/United Nations Electronic Business Initiative, past Board member of IEEE-­-ISTO, and has participated at the W3C including as co-­-chair of the XML Linking WG. Bill was an independent expert on the ICANN WHOIS Review Team and actively participates in activities related to the ITU's upcoming WCIT.

Prior to joining Sun in 1996 he was Director of Research and Development at Electronic Book Technologies in Providence, RI. Bill holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Computer Science, both from Brown University.