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January 25, 2022 | 0 comments

For one Internet Hall of Fame inductee, access to universal broadband is a need on par with the right to clean water. 

2013 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, Henning Schulzrinne co-developed the key protocols that enable several multimedia applications, including Voiceover Internet Protocol, Real Time streaming and Session Initiation Protocol.

A former Chief Technology Officer for the Federal Communications Commission, Schulzrinne is now a computer science professor at Columbia University. 

In a November question and answer piece with Columbia News about the pros and cons of the technology components of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better bill, Schulzrinne said the importance of reliable broadband access was thrown into sharp relief by COVID-19.  

“Uneven access to broadband is fundamentally unfair,” he said. “All kinds of day-to-day activities, from applying to jobs to tracking kids’ performance in school, become much more difficult without it. The pandemic made this problem more visible and probably renewed efforts to tackle it at a larger scale.”

December 30, 2021 | 0 comments

The United Kingdom’s Government Digital Services (GDS) is considering turning to an Internet Hall of Fame inductee to help provide its citizens greater control over their personal data when accessing online personal services. 

As part of its efforts to develop a new digital identity system, GDS is looking at using personal data storage technology called Solid, which was developed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s startup, Inrupt

Part of the Internet Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, Berners-Lee is the founder of the World Wide Web and wrote the first web client and server. 

As reported by ComputerWeekly.com, the agency is weighing several system options and a final decision has not been made yet. 

December 29, 2021 | 0 comments

Vint Cerf wants to bring the Internet to the stars – literally. 

Part of the Internet Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols. Since 2005, he has been a vice president and “Chief Internet Evangelist” for Google, promoting the web’s capabilities.  

In a recent interview with Data Center Dynamics Magazine, Cerf talked about his efforts for more than two decades to expand delay tolerant networking protocols into space, thus creating the backbone for an inter-stellar Internet. 

“Well, to the degree we're interested in exploring the solar system and understanding the physics of the world we live in, space exploration is certainly increasingly now considered a valuable enterprise from the scientific point of view,” he said.

“And in order to effectively support manned and robotic space exploration, you need communications, both for command of the spacecraft and to get the data back. And if you can't get the data back, why the hell are we going out there?”

December 14, 2021 | 0 comments

Twenty-one pioneering individuals who fundamentally changed the world through their work building and developing the global Internet have been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. These engineers, physicists, mathematicians, academics, and others from 11 nations made outstanding contributions to the Internet’s global growth, inventing the technologies that launched it, expanding its reach in their own regions and worldwide, and making it more secure, reliable, and accessible for millions.   

The Internet they helped create brought the new cohort together in a virtual induction ceremony 14 December 2021. They logged on from points around the world to share the honor with their colleagues, about whom Internet Society President, Andrew Sullivan, noted: “Their contributions made it possible for us to look forward to our future, inextricably tied to the open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet, and its ability to connect us reliably and consistently.”

The 2021 Inductees are:

  • Carlos Afonso (Brazil/Canada) advanced Internet development and democratized access in Brazil and beyond through his role as a founder and leader of several key organizations, including the Association for Progressive Communications.

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November 22, 2021 | 0 comments

There’s no question the global pandemic tested the integrity, durability, and reach of the Internet in ways we couldn’t have previously imagined. 

Only now do we collectively understand that our future is inextricably linked to the future of the global network and its ability to connect us to work, to school, and to each other. 

In the context of this new reality, the 2021 return of the Internet Hall of Fame is that much more significant. 

Now in its tenth year, the annual awards program’s focus on individuals who have made sure the Internet could perform under even the most extreme circumstances is more relevant than ever. 

This year’s inductee class honors 21 people from 11 countries who have built, optimized, and strengthened the foundational infrastructure of the network for reach, access, security, and scale. 

We are excited to announce that we’ll be convening to reveal and recognize these individuals in an online awards ceremony on 14 December through a LiveStream broadcast starting at 14:00 UTC. We’ll also be chronicling event highlights on the Internet Hall of Fame’s social media channels on Twitter@Internet_HOF...