Mr. Auerbach is the Chief Technology Officer at InterWorking Labs (IWL) in Scotts Valley, California.
Mr. Auerbach was the first (and only) North American publicly elected member of the Board of Directors of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
Karl Auerbach was formerly a senior researcher in the Advanced Internet Architecture group in the Office of the Chief Strategy Officer at Cisco Systems.
In addition to his technical work, Mr. Auerbach has been an attorney in California since 1978. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Section of he California State Bar.
In 2002 he received the Norbert Wiener Award from the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR).
Mr. Auerbach was named a Yuen Fellow of Law and Technology at the California Institute of Technology and Loyola of Los Angeles Law School.
Mr. Auerbach has been working on Internet and operating system technology since the early 1970’s.
While at System Development Corporation (SDC) in the 1970’s he designed and implemented some of the first operating systems and networks based on formal security models.
He has been a long-time member of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
Mr. Auerbach founded both Epilogue Technology Corporation and Empirical Tools and Technologies, Inc. He has been closely involved with several other startups including Precept Software where in the mid 1990’s he architected and implemented IP/TV, a pioneering product for internet distribution of entertainment grade video over the internet.
He is a co-founder of the Boston Working Group and has been involved in the issue of Internet governance for several years.
Mr. Auerbach has helped to create a an open voting system. He was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Open Voting Consortium.
He is also a “Pioneer Member” of the Internet Society.
Mr. Auerbach has long been interested in questions related to Internet reliability particularly as the Internet evolves into a critical element of our infrastructure. He has a particular interest in portable tools such as Dr. Watson The Network Detective’s Assistant that he developed in the early 1990’s.
In his spare time he has done backstage work with a professional theatre company and also is helping to restore a 1923 mainline steam locomotive.
His home page is at http://cavebear.com/ where he also maintains a blog.
InterWorking Labs (IWL) may be found on the web at http://iwl.com/