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August 15, 2017 | 0 comments

In anticipation of the 2017 Internet Hall of Fame ceremony on September 18th in Los Angeles, we're taking a look back at ceremonies from years past to see what's inspired us. 

One such moment came from Tim Berners-Lee in 2012, when he was inducted into the inaugural Internet Hall of Fame for his groundbreaking development of the World Wide Web. 

In his acceptance speech, he pays homage to his own mentors, including fellow inductee Ben Segal, noting that without these mentors, the World Wide Web would not have been possible. 

His remarks include a nod not just to the past creators of the Internet, but to the future ones, and to a hope for a decentralized and open Internet that continues to serve and support a growing and truly global community.  

Addressing a room full of fellow inductees, he noted: "There are other waves coming on. They’re building on top of the Web, they’re building on top of the open Web platform and so on, but hopefully they’re all building using the same fundamental principles. Not only about how we build stuff, but also about how we work together--about the decentralized and open and caring...community that you guys have set up--we have tried to set up--and I hope they will set up in time....

August 10, 2017 | 0 comments

This June, Abhaya Induruwa was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for “exceptional contributions in the digital arena” at the first Sri Lanka Telecom Zero One Awards ceremony. Induruwa was inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014 as a 'Global Connector' and continues to work as a leader in the international community as head of the Centre for Cybercrime and Security Innovation in the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing at the Canterbury Christ Church University in the United KingdomWatch his award presentation below, with Induruwa's remarks on his decades of work to bring connectivity to Sri Lanka.

August 1, 2017 | 2 comments

Since 2012, the Internet Hall of Fame has made it its mission to find and celebrate the people who have brought the global Internet to life, and this Monday, September 18, it will reveal the names of the 2017 inductee class. The ceremony will be held at 5:30 pm PDT at the University of California Los Angeles, and you can register now to watch it live! 

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. The 2017 inductees, part of the fourth inductee class, have promoted global access and reach, and increased our knowledge of how the Internet works, helping to ensure its widespread use.  

When the Internet Hall of Fame was launched, PC Magazine called the first inductees—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 at the time, and one that is just as relevant now as it was then.  From groundbreaking technologies to grassroots collaboration, our global society benefits from the people who have worked tirelessly—many times behind the scenes—to...

July 28, 2017 | 0 comments

Internet service that’s truly accessible everywhere is one step closer to becoming a reality as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has, for the first time, given a company permission to build a next-generation satellite Internet service that promises to be both ultra-fast and affordable. 

OneWeb, according to The Washington Post, will target U.S. consumers, “providing broadband anywhere in the U.S., particularly in rural areas where it can be difficult to provide fast Internet connections using traditional ground-based cables.” According to the Post, the new network will be built on a fleet of 720 satellites, which will orbit earth at an altitude of around 745 miles, and service could start as early as 2019. The approval from the FCC gives the company the ability to use airwaves that will beam the Internet down to earth.  

From The Washington Post

“Satellite Internet services are available now. But today's technology is slow, expensive and largely out-of-reach for individual consumers. For a connection barely fast enough to support Netflix, users can spend up to $200 a day — making it realistic only for corporate customers or, in some cases, relief workers responding to natural disasters where connectivity is a must. By contrast, the next generation of...

July 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Gihan Dias is an active member of Sri Lanka’s Internet Society, but he has turned his focus away from building networks to developing Internet-based applications to advance his country.

The first app, he told the Internet Hall of Fame, involves using technology to help the government meet its requirement to communicate with a population that speaks different languages.

“Although we also use English, Sri Lanka has two national languages,” Dias noted. “One of the biggest problems is that we have two communities who speak different languages and so cannot talk to each other. This was a root cause of the 20-year civil war in our country, and if we want to avoid another war, we must enable people to communicate with each other.

So, translation is very important, especially for the government. They are required by law to provide services in both national languages, but they have been unable to fulfill that requirement. We are helping them do so.”

A second project focuses on e-learning.

“Again, this came from a national requirement,” Dias said. “We have a secondary school exam around age 16. Mathematics is compulsory. You have to pass.”

But nationally, about 50 percent fail mathematics, meaning they fail the entire exam, and subsequently cannot even go to a technical college.

Dias is working to set up an online tutoring system to help students pass.

“What we do is we give them problems to solve on-line,” he said. “If they...