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February 1, 2017 | 0 comments

Do you know someone who has played a significant role in the development and advancement of the open, global Internet? Organizations and individuals from around the world are invited to submit nominations to the Internet Hall of Fame.

2017 marks a significant milestone for the Internet Society as we celebrate 25 years of dedication to an open, secure Internet that benefits all people throughout the world. The Internet has come a long way since its earliest days, and the Internet Hall of Fame honors a select group of visionaries and innovators who were instrumental in the Internet’s development and advancement along the way.

When the Internet Hall of Fame was launched, PC Magazine called that very first inductee class—which included Internet luminaries such as Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee—“Internet rock stars” who were, according to MSNBC, operating on a “whole different level of cool.”

This was a fitting description. The Internet Hall of Fame celebrates people who made the Internet possible, with innovations that enabled people all over the world to connect to this life-changing global network of networks.

Now in its fourth year, the Internet Hall of Fame is led by an...

January 13, 2017 | 0 comments

For one South American country, Internet access would be just a dream without the contributions of one woman.

One of the first women to study computer science at Uruguay's University of the Republic, Ida Holz graduated almost 20 years before the country had widespread Internet access.

Despite being introduced to computers via Fortran punch cards, Holz went on to become one of Uruguay's most vocal advocates for email development and Internet access expansion in her home country in the 1980s and early 1990s. In a Spanish language interview with El Observador recently, she noted:

"When we began with the Internet here, we looked at each other sideways," she said. "I remember the lawyers told us that the Internet couldn't happen here because there were no owners, no regulations. They kept assuring us it would be anarchy. But it happened, in a way that nobody expected.

"We don't know what's going to happen within 10 years, but the world advances and the speed with which it has changed in these last 20 years is impressive."

The Internet Hall of Fame has translated into English the full interview from El Observador below.

Ida Holz: The Uruguayan of the Internet

There once...