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 [email protected].
Randy Bush is founder of the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), which helps develop networks throughout the world. The NSRC started as a volunteer effort to support networking in southern Africa in 1988. Today, the NSRC works with indigenous network operators who develop and maintain Internet infrastructure in their respective countries and regions by providing technical information, engineering assistance, training, donation of books, equipment and other resources. Read full bio
He can speak on security introduction/survey, anti-complexity, routing security, measurement and Internet compared to Telco.
Kilnam Chon developed the first Internet in Asia, called SDN, in 1982, and his pioneering work inspired many others to promote the Internet’s further growth in the region. He founded and is the current chair of various regional Internet organizations such as the Asia Pacific Networking Group, Asia Pacific Advanced Network, and Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Name Forum. He is also the co-chair of the Coordination Committee of Intercontinental Research Networking. Read full bio
He can speak about Internet history, governance, engineering and technology.
Erik Huizer was the first author of the first Request For Comments to document not only the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards process but also procedures of its Working Groups. He led the Internet Architecture Board’s pronouncement on the use of cryptography in Internet protocols, and efforts to complete the IETF’s standards transition. Read full bio
He can speak on topics ranging from Internet freedom, privacy and governance and 'permissionless' innovation, as well as the ethics of technology, the evolution of online identity, research and education networking, coding education and the digitalization of NGOs.
An Internet pioneer in his native El Salvador, Rafael (Lito) Ibarra connected the country to the Internet and worked to improve early systems for access nationwide. He also established the country’s first Internet cafes and managed the .sv domain. His influence is felt throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, and globally, as the founder and leader of several Internet institutions, as well as a former board member of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC); Latin American and Caribbean Association of Top Level Domains (LACTLD); and Latin American Advanced Networks Cooperation (RedCLARA). Read full bio.
Professor Abhaya Induruwa pioneered academic and research networking and Internet deployment in Sri Lanka. At a time when the Sri Lankan government was fighting two civil wars, he led the development of the Lanka Experimental Academic and Research Network (LEARN), and, in 1989, convinced the battle-laden government to support the network. In 1990, he introduced LEARNmail, which today connects all universities and research centers in the nation. His efforts paved the way for later establishment of Sri Lankan commercial Internet services. Read full bio
He is available to speak on a range of topics.
Larry Irving produced the first empirical study proving the existence of the “Digital Divide.” This groundbreaking research sparked global efforts to begin bridging the divide. As the assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information and administrator of the NTIA during the Clinton Administration, Irving helped establish some of the earliest and most foundational U.S. domestic and international Internet policies. Read full bio
He can speak about digital divide/meaningful connectivity, digital inclusion, Internet policy (and its history), telecommunications policy, wireless policy, children and the Internet, social infrastructure/anchor institutions and the Internet, Smart Cities, and technology for societal good.
Kenneth J. Klingenstein helped lead the expansion of the Internet in the American West and played an early and important role in the development of the Internet’s identity and trust layers. His leadership and advocacy led to early Internet adoption in the U.S. and a safer Internet worldwide. Read full bio.
Paul Mockapetris expanded the Internet beyond academic origins with the 1983 invention of the Domain Name System (DNS). He contributed significantly to the Internet's evolution, with his work on distributed systems and LAN technology, and supervision of efforts such as gigabit and optical networking. He's also held leadership roles at Silicon Valley startups including @Home, Software.com (now OpenWave), Fiberlane (now Cisco), and Siara (now Redback Networks). Read full bio
He can speak about DNS and its history, and offer advice to entrepreneurs.
Dorcas Muthoni, CEO and founder of OPENWORLD LTD (www.openworld.co.ke), started her software company at the age of 24, and today, OPENWORLD is a leading e-Government and Business Software Services firm in Eastern Africa, delivering the most widely used Web and cloud applications on the continent. Read full bio
She can speak about mentoring women in technology, digital inclusion, market responsive technology and solutions and local content.
Radia Perlman designed the IS-IS routing protocol and spanning tree algorithm. She co-authored college textbook 'Network Security,' and her contributions to network security include trust models for Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), data expiration, and distributed algorithms resilient to malicious participants. Read full bio
She can speak on topics including, 'Blockchain: Hype or Hope?', 'How to Build an Insecure System Out of Perfectly Good Cryptography', 'Evolution of Ethernet Through Spanning Tree and TRILL', 'Trust Models for PKI and the World', network protocol myths, distributed systems resilient to malicious participants and self-stabilization of distributed systems.