Harald Tveit Alvestrand
|Known for||i18n, IETF, and Linux work|
|RFC 2277 (BCP 18)|
Harald Tveit Alvestrand (born 29 June 1959) is a Norwegian computer scientist. He was the chair of the Areas for Applications from 1995 until 1997, Operations and Management 1998, and the General Area, which implies being the chairman of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) from 2001 until 2005.
Alvestrand was born in Namsos, Norway, received his education from Bergen Cathedral School and the Norwegian Institute of Technology, and has worked for Norsk Data, UNINETT, EDB Maxware and Cisco Systems.
He is an author of several important Request for Comments (RFCs), many in the general area of Internationalization and localization, most notable the documents required for interoperability between SMTP and X.400. Since the start of the use of OIDs he has run a front end to the hierarchy of assignments according to X.208 .
At the end of 2007 Alvestrand was selected for the ICANN Board, where he remained until December 2010. In 2001 he became a member of the Unicode Board of Directors. He was a co-chair of the IETF EAI and USEFOR WGs.
Harald Alvestrand was the executive director of the Linux Counter organization. He was a member of the Norid Board, and the RFC Independent Submissions Editorial Board. As of 2008 he lived in Trondheim, Norway, and worked for Google.