Speakers

Speakers

The Internet Hall of Fame's inductees have extensive experience in a wide range of topics related to Internet and networking technology. Inductees who are available for speaking opportunities are listed below, along with their specific areas of expertise. If you would like to request a speaker, please fill out our speaker request form, and someone will be in touch shortly to follow up. If you have any questions, please email internethalloffame@isoc.org.

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Ben Segal

Ben Segal coordinated the introduction of TCP/IP into the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in spite of significant institution and industry opposition. While at CERN, he also helped World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee with WWW design decisions, and pointed him to the RFC series and existing protocols.   Read full bio 

His speaking topics include: 'Creativity and Coincidence: the WWW Story at CERN', 'Innovation and Standards: a Case Study of the Invention of the WWW', 'Killing Off the Mainframes: CERN's Role in the Computer Revolution', and 'A History of CERN Internet Protocols: 1983-1989'.   

Richard Stallman

Dr. Richard Stallman launched the Free Software Movement in 1983 with the development of the GNU operating system, composed entirely of free software. The last gap in GNU was filled in 1992 when Linus Torvalds liberated Linux, resulting in the combined GNU/Linux operating system widely used today. Dr. Stallman also campaigns for various issues of freedom in the computing field.   Read full bio

He can speak on topics of free software, the GNU/Linux operating system, software and user freedom and privacy, the danger of computational idea patents and copyright vs. community.

Photo of Toru Takahashi Toru Takahashi

Toru Takahashi was instrumental in bringing the Internet to Japan and promoting it throughout Asia, and was a key player in the early commercial development of the Internet in the region. In addition to evangelizing the Internet and its commercial benefits, he founded and was involved in several key industry groups that continue to influence the Internet today. He also wrote one of the first books in Japanese about the Internet.   Read full bio

He is available to speak on numerous topics regarding the Internet's commercial development and growth in Asia.

Photo of Tan Tin Wee Tan Tin Wee

Dr. Tan Tin Wee founded the multilingual Internet domain name system and has been instrumental in its internationalization, resulting in Singapore hosting the first Chinese Website and Tamil Website. He was responsible for several Internet milestones in Japan, including the first Gopher server, Singapore InfoWeb and the forerunner to the present National Web Homepage.   Read full bio

He can speak about 'Research at the Speed of Thought', 'Industrial Symbiosis and Smart Cities', 'Faster Interconnects and Smarter Standards Towards Exascale Computing', 'My Internet of Things is Not IoT', as well as Internet-enabled health and wellness, Iron Man and aging.

Douglas Van Houweling

Dr. Douglas Van Houweling was chairman of the MERIT Network, a statewide computing network in Michigan in 1987, when the National Science Foundation awarded MERIT the job of operating the NSFnet national backbone. That backbone was the foundation upon which the global Internet was built. Dr. Van Houweling was also chair of Advanced Network and Services Corporation, which transitioned large-scale Internet capabilities from the higher education and research realm into commercial reality and was CEO of U.S. national research and education network Internet2.   Read full bio

He is available to speak on a range of topics.

Paul Vixie

Dr. Paul Vixie is a pioneer in several Domain Name System (DNS) protocol extensions and applications used throughout the Internet today, as well as the primary author and technical architect of BIND 8, the most widely-used DNS software on the Internet. He also founded MAPS (Mail Abuse Prevention System), a nonprofit that works to stop email abuse; started the first neutral commercial Internet exchange; and founded the Internet Software Consortium.   Read full bio

He can speak on the topics of DNS and DNSSEC, peering, and Internet security, exchanges and infrastructure.

Photo of Philip Zimmermann Philip Zimmermann

Philip Zimmermann is the creator of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), an email encryption program that was made available to the public via FTP download. Originally designed as a human rights tool, PGP became the most widely used email encryption software in the world. 

He can speak on technical and public policy aspects of cryptography, cybersecurity, and privacy. This includes the recent resurgence of the crypto wars, and the rapid rise of advanced persistent threats from hostile foreign intelligence agencies.