Educated at Wigan and Prescot Grammar Schools, his first degree is in Computer Science from Essex University. Whilst at Essex, he was one of the group of students who conceived and developed the world's first multi-user computer game (MUD). In June 2008 he obtained a First in Law from the OU and the College of Law (now known as the University of Law).
His first job was with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) as a software engineer, where (among other projects) he subsequently worked on the pioneering ALL-IN-1 email and office automation system.
In 2005 he became the first person in the UK to obtain damages in court from a sender of unsolicited commercial email, receiving £300 in damages following an action in the Small Claims Track at Colchester County Court.
First elected in 2013, Roberts is currently one of the three elected European councillors on ICANN's ccNSO Council, one of the two successor bodies to the DNSO Names Council. Earlier, in 1999, he was one of the original members of ICANN's Names Council (representing the ccTLD constituency). and has been an active participant at ICANN since its foundation, He took part in the US Government's International Forum on the White Paper (IFWP) preceding this, which led to ICANN's creation.
In September 2017 he was proposed for the ICANN Board of Directors by .PR (Puerto Rico), .CI (Côte d'Ivoire) and .BE (Belgium). He was successful in the poll that followed, receiving 67% of the vote.
(Although his term was not scheduled to finish until 2020, he has announced that he expects to be leaving the ccNSO Council at end of June 2018, in advance of joining the ICANN Board, in accordance with Section 7.4(b) of the ICANN Bylaws).
He ran for the UK Parliament in the 1997 General Election as Liberal Democrat candidate for the Ipswich Constituency and later served as an elected member of the Alderney legislature (the States of Alderney) during 2002-2003.
He has been a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society since 2005. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in February 2016. He is a Chartered Engineer and a European Engineer.
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