Colin Jackson

Colin Jackson

MA (Cambridge)

– Senior Consultant

A strategic technology consultant and writer, Colin has over thirty years’ experience as an IT practitioner in both the public and private sectors.

Colin has worked with Westlake Governance on several Internet governance reviews, most notably on the 2008-2009 reviews of two major units of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – its At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), and its Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC).

He has in-depth knowledge of:

  • Internet policy and technology
  • IT strategy
  • IT security
  • reviews of IT systems and projects
  • procurement and project management of IT systems
  • IT and ICT futures
  • communication about IT issues.

He has been involved in Internet governance for many years, and has strong links with the Internet community both in New Zealand and globally.

Colin is skilled in explaining technology, and the policy issues around it, to a general audience. He is an experienced technology commentator in the New Zealand media, including Radio New Zealand.

He takes an analytical approach to assessing the business opportunities and risks that technology offers.

Colin is an Informational Technology Certified Professional, recognised by the Institute of IT Professionals (formerly the New Zealand Computer Society), and a Fellow of InternetNZ.


Colin’s previous roles:

  • Co-founded InternetNZ in 1996, and served as its President 2005-2007.
  • Set up the first ever New Zealand government web server in 1995.
  • A senior government technology official, working for the Ministry of Economic Development’s IT group and the State Services Commission’s E-Government Unit.