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Ian Peter was one of the original founding Directors of APC, and was involved in early internet networks since the mid 1980s.

He maintained a continuing involvement with civil society involvement in internet issues, and was a co-coordinator of the Internet Governance Caucus and the first Chair of the Civil Society Coordination Group (CSCG) – a coalition of coalitions involved in internet governance issues, of which APC is a member. Ian maintained an internet history site at, and was also involved as a guest lecturer with Diplo Foundation in Geneva on training courses on internet technology and policy. He maintained an active interest in issues such as cybersecurity and cyberwarfare.