The author

Kieren McCarthy is a freelance journalist 
who has been following and reporting on the evolution of the Internet since the late 1990s.

He is a specialist on the domain name industry, as well as the complex issues surrounding governance of the Internet. Kieren has written for, among others, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, New Scientist, The Register, PC Week, Practical Internet, Computeractive and Techworld.

Over the course of the past ten years, he has interviewed many of the early pioneers of the Internet as well as more recent figures who have shaped the direction of the Internet.

A highly regarded blogger on the Internet’s political processes, Kieren is often asked to give his expert opinion to other media. He was the official blog-watcher at the inaugural meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, an official blogger at an OECD conference on the participative web and most recently was general manager of public participation for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

As well as doing communication and evaluation consultancy work for a number of Internet companies, he is currently working on his second book, Uncle John, covering the life of “probably the best-loved man in San Francisco”, John McLaren (1846-1943), who designed and built the world-famous Golden Gate Park.

Kieren runs a blog at, has the Twitter handle 
@kierenmccarthy and lives in San Francisco.