March 8 is International Women’s Day, celebrating the social, political, economic and cultural achievements of women worldwide.
That’s why this month, the Internet Hall of Fame is spotlighting three of its most recent inductees who have led the way in inspiring, aiding and promoting the accomplishments of women whose careers – or future careers – revolve around computer science, Internet networking and Information and Communications Technology.
Dr. Kimberly ("kc") Claffy, Elise Gerich and Jean Armour Polly, all 2019 inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame, recently reminisced about their own careers, and shared words of encouragement for girls and young women who are considering careers in tech.
Not all of them took the most direct route to the Internet Hall of Fame.
Polly, a librarian, majored in Medieval Studies as an undergrad, earned a Masters of Library Science degree, and hoped to spend her career working with rare books. But she was a risk-taker. In 1981, when she learned at a library conference about computers being used by students, she successfully pushed for her own small library to acquire one. Her curiosity and fearlessness then led her to evangelize at...
For better or worse, Leonard Kleinrock admits that the Internet has grown up from its early days.
Part of the Internet Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, Kleinrock was one of the developers of ARPANET, the forerunner of the modern Internet. His laboratory at the University of California-Los Angeles hosted the first ARPANET node computer, and in October 1969, directed the network’s first transmission.
In a recent interview on Medium, Kleinrock acknowledged that the continued rise of deep fakes, online anonymity, cyberbullying and other problematic behavior are more than just growing pains for his creation.
“I used to say that the Internet was going through its teenage years,” Kleinrock said. “But I don’t say that anymore.”
Traveling scholars can thank Klaas Wierenga for making their research efforts a little easier while on the road.
A 2019 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, Wierenga developed eduroam, a free, secure, international wi-fi roaming service for academic and research communities that is available in more than 100 countries worldwide.
In a recent interview with Geant’s Connect Online, Wierenga explained how eduroam facilitated greater collaboration among universities and their neighboring communities.
“The best thing is that eduroam is a grassroots movement where every university builds and makes its own infrastructure available to be accessible to the community. In this way everyone benefits. Of course, in the early days it was difficult to persuade them to offer their infrastructure because there were so few universities taking part and the investment in time and resources was hard to...
A 2017 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, Shigeki Goto did not quite expect the Internet to become so ubiquitous.
The current president of Japan’s National Internet Registry, Shigeki Goto helped develop the network in the mid 1980s after a stint at Stanford University. The registry in turn led to the formation of the Asia Pacific Network Information Center, a nonprofit address registry for more than two dozen countries along the Pacific Rim.
In an exclusive interview with the Internet Hall of Fame, Goto said he was very happy with the role the Internet has played in bringing people together over the years.
“It’s just connecting devices physically,” he said. “However, it’s also connecting people. The Internet is a very good tool and it’s now an essential part of human society.”
Created in response to a rise in hate speech and government censorship efforts, the Contract for the Web is a set of nine core principles designed to facilitate user access while respecting personal data.
Still in its early stages, the initiative has received support from more than 150 companies and non-profit organizations, including Microsoft, Google, DuckDuckGo, Facebook and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
In a recent interview, Berners-Lee acknowledged the power of the web’s less than benign forces prompted him to take action.
“It’s not that we need a 10-year plan for the web, we need to turn the web around now,” he said.