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Cheryl Langdon-Orr

Cheryl Langdon-Orr

Cheryl is currently a Vice Chair of the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), after serving the At-Large Community for three terms (2007-10) as Chair. Within At-Large she represents ISOC-AU as an ICANN accredited At-Large Structure (ALS) in ICANN's Asia Pacific Regional At-Large Organisation (APRALO) and APRALO in the ALAC, has been reappointed to serve a second two year term (2009 - 2011) for APRALO in the ALAC. As Chair of the ALAC she was appointed to serve on the 1st Affirmation of Commitments Review Team for ICANN looking at Accountability and Transparency.; on behalf of the ALAC she has recently been appointed as Liaison to the ccNSO (2010 -2011)

About me:- Thirty(ish) years ago I left my Post-Grad research and career as a tutor in Physiology (although I am still a Teaching Associate at the Asia Pacific Research Institute of Macquarie University) to operate our then micro enterprise, Hovtek Pty. Limited.

I am a telecommuter, and licensee of domain names in .au as well as in the global DNS, but most importantly, I am an avid end-user of the Internet for work and recreation. Ten years ago we started a spin off project called BuildersNet, which was developed from some of the TQM (ISO-9002 etc.,) activities of Hovtek; Six years ago this became a stand alone Pty Limited Australian Company, and relies totally on the Internet to facilitate its operation.

Our clients in Australia are Micro Businesses and SMEs - and internationally mainly SMEs and Government or Aid Funded bodies; We service and communicate with them almost exclusively online and the majority of our importation of raw materials and products as well as export documentation bookings etc. is now handled that way. I am a Director in several Associations and a NFP company interested in Global Trade and SME growth, facilitated by Internet use, under the auspices of UNCTAD.

I believe the Internet should be seen as a public asset and needs to be developed and maintained as a cost-effective and accessible resource for communication, education, community, social and business opportunities by the Australian and wider global community; my work within ICANN with its remit as the coordinator of the unique identifiers (addressing) across i.e. in the Naming, Numbering and Nomenclature withing the Internet Ecosystem with its commitment to a multi-stakeholder, bottom-up consensus driven policy development model is an essential part of this aim.

My focus and ongoing interests are not specifically technical but rather more consumer and end user focused. Until May 2009 when the Council was dissolved I represent ISOC-AU in the Australian Communication Alliance Consumer Advisory Council) See with a keen interest in Policy Development, Access, Outreach and Regulatory issues.

I was an Individual Member (prior to the formation of our Chapter) of ISOC and am a Director of ISOC-AU See since being elected in 2001 serving as Hon Treasurer from 2003, and currently serve as the Hon. Company Secretary on the executive... For more about my role and about the other Directors of ISOC-AU see

I am a Member of auDA, having been re-elected as a Board Member for my forth term of office in the Demand Class (User Interests) stakeholder category in October 2010. See

Previously I have worked on several auDA Policy Advisory Panels, and am the current Chair of the Domain Name Industry Code of Practice Committee.

In 2008 and 2009 in addition to my work within APRALO and ALAC and specifically within the arena of communications consumer advocacy in Australia I was instrumental in the formation of a new National peak body to act as a co-ordinated voice of communications consumers Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) See;;

I am also a member of Women On Boards; the TED community and the International Sustainable Development Resource Centre, Geneva; and as an individual and corporate representative in ACCAN

Current focus and engagement in Australian Government Policy Development includes active participation in Govt 2.0; Public Sphere activities specifically in Australia and NSW Public Sphere

  • She is an active member of the NSW Chapter of Females in Information Technology and Telecommunications (FITT)
  • She is a Founder Member and Executive Committee Member of the NSW Trade efficiency Association. (NSWTEA)
  • Cheryl is a guest lecturer at several institutions, a Teaching Fellow at Macquarie University Asia Pacific Research Institute (APRIM)


Email: cheryl [at] & langdonorr [at]
Skype: cheryl.langdon.orr
Twitter: clo3

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