Quarterman recently co-founded
Control Your Internet Business Risk.
John S. Quarterman's most recent book is
Risk Management Solutions for Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 IT Compliance
Beyond SOX. Beyond the firewall, into the Internet, where nobody controls everything, and security must become risk management.
The Matrix, a comprehensive book on the
history, technology, and people of computer networks worldwide, as well
as six other books.
He writes and speaks extensively,
for example at the Next
Generation Networks conference in October 2002 in Boston and at the
Telecommunications Policy Research Conference in Virginia in September.
He presented at the workshop in March 2002 in DC on the Internet under
Crisis Conditions by the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
of the National Academy of Sciences.
Many of his texts are collected in
which he started in 1991; it was the earliest continuing commercial newsletter
published over the Internet.
Quarterman published the first
maps of the whole Internet;
conducted the first
Internet Demographic Survey and started the first
continuing series of performance data about the entire Internet in
1993, on the web since 1995 in the
Internet Weather Report,
and also visible as
plus comparisons of ISPs visible as
He first used the ARPANET in 1974 while attending Harvard,
and worked on UNIX ARPANET software at BBN (the original prime contractor
on the ARPANET) from 1977 to 1981.
He was twice elected to the Board of Directors of the USENIX
Association, a professional association related to the UNIX operating system.
While on that board, he was instrumental in its vote in 1987 to approve the
first funding received by UUNET, which in 1991 became one of the
first two commercial Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
He has consulted for organizations including
Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley,
as well as preparing reports for the Office of Technology
Assessment and the General Accounting Office of the U.S. government.
He co-facilitated the
Internet Y2K Roundtable of the
President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion.
He co-founded the first Internet consulting firm in Texas
(TIC) in 1986, and co-founded one of the first ISPs in Austin
(Zilker Internet Park, since sold to
He was a founder of TISPA,
the Texas ISP Association.
He was a founder and Chief Technology Officer of
Matrix NetSystems Inc.,
established as Matrix Information and Directory Services (MIDS) in
Interactive Week listed John Quarterman
as one of the
25 Unsung Heroes of the Internet,
saying ``As president of [MIDS],
Quarterman, 43, is to Net demographics what
The Gallup Organization is to opinion polls.''
interviewed Quarterman at length with a full page
picture in its June 1996 issue, as
``Surveyors of Cyberspace.''
Bob Metcalfe has quoted him numerous times
Quarterman has been quoted or written about in
the Austin American-Statesman,
the Austin Business Journal,
the Boston Globe,
Data Communications International,
the Los Angeles Times,
the New York Times (twice on the front page; twice on the front page of the business section),
the San Jose Mercury News,
Service Networks Talk Radio,
the Washington Post,
the Wall Street Journal,
Yahoo Internet Life,
and numerous other news and trade periodicals.
He has given talks or tutorials for
APRICOT (Hong Kong),
ASCII of China (Beijing),
The Digital Commerce Society of Boston,
El Foro (Caracas, Lima),
EUUG (Florence, Munich, Tromso, etc.),
Federal Communications Commission (FCC, DC),
Harvard Club (Austin),
Harvard University Kennedy School of Government (Cambridge),
Institut Pasteur (Paris),
Internet Society (Prague, Warsaw),
Japan UNIX Society (Tokyo, Osaka),
MALNIX (Kuala Lumpur),
MIT Wireless Forum (NYC),
Networld+Interop (San Jose, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Tokyo),
Next Generation Networks (Boston),
President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion (DC),
Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (VA),
Texas ISP Association (TISPA, Austin),
UKUUG (Edinburgh, London),
University of Texas (Library School and Business School),
and USENIX (numerous).
``How Soon We Forget''
1996 Dvorak Man of the Year award)
He wrote a comprehensive book on the history, technology, and people
of computer networks worldwide,
He is a co-author of the authoritative text,
The Design and Implementation of the 4.3BSD UNIX Operating System,
describing a system which has been very influential on the TCP/IP protocols;
this book has recently been released in a new edition as
The Design and Implementation of the 4.4BSD Operating System.
UNIX, POSIX, and Open Systems: The Open Standards Puzzle
relates UNIX programming standards to computer networks.
Practical Internetworking with TCP/IP and UNIX
describes the workings of the Internet in some detail,
The Internet Connection: System Connectivity and Configuration
tells you how you can connect to the Internet, and
The E-Mail Companion:
Communicating Effectively via the Internet and Other Global Networks
tells you how to use electronic mail throughout the Matrix.
He has published articles about networks or network protocols in
Communications of the ACM,
ConneXions The Interoperability Report,