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2013 Internet Hall of Fame Induction

Researchers from the Imagining the Internet Center recorded acceptance speeches at the ceremony, hosted by the Internet Society in Berlin just after the 87th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force. 

Honorees include John Perry Barlow, Nii Quaynor, Qiheng Hu, Dave Farber, Kanchana Kanchanasut, Jun Murai, Jimmy Wales, Marc Andreessen and more.

Saturday, August 3, 2013: The second induction of honorees to the Internet Society's Internet Hall of Fame took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin following several sessions held for Internet innovators and other stakeholders. 

The video player at right contains dozens of clickable clips of the acceptance speeches of those who were able to attend the induction ceremony. 

The Hall of Fame class of 2013 includes 32 visionaries, leaders and luminaries who were selected because of their impact, influence, innovation and the reach of their contributions. They were chosen for this honor by a 12-person Internet Hall of Fame Advisory Board after an open nominations period. The inductees were selected in three categories: the Pioneers, the Innovators and the Global Connectors.

The continual advancement of the Internet is made possible by thousands of individuals. Those inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame have had an enormous impact on the evolution of the Internet, they have been leaders in the ongoing development of the Internet and many continue to contribute.

Four individuals — J.C.R. Licklider, Haruhisa Ishida, Barry Leiner and Aaron Swartz — were honored posthumously. Several of the inductees were unable to attend the event.

PIONEERS:

The Pioneers Circle honors "individuals who were
instrumental in the early development of the Internet
and led the way in building and launching the global Internet."

David Clark: Clark implemented protocols for the Multics system, the Xerox PARC ALTO, and the IBM PC, as well as mechanisms to support QoS on the Internet. He has served as the chief protocol architect for the Internet and continues to conduct research on Internet architecture.

Dave Farber: Farber’s early research aided in the creation of the world’s first Distributed Computer System. He then helped establish the National Science Foundation's Computer Science Network (CSNet), NSFNET, and the National Research & Education Network (NREN), efforts that led to the development of the current commercial Internet.

Howard Frank: Frank co-designed the network structure for ARPAnet. He conducted research on the system’s efficiency in an effort to expand it. He has also helped a number of institutions and companies improve their network operations.

Kanchana Kanchanasut: Kanchanasut brought the Internet to Thailand and helped connect several other Southeast Asian countries. She connected five universities in Thailand to the Australian Academic and Research Network and registered the .TH domain name.

J.C.R. Licklider: Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider wrote a number of illuminating memos and papers that showed considerable insight into the future of the Internet. Some of his earliest memos outlined contemporary Internet applications, including graphical computing, e-commerce and online banking. He died in 1990 at age 75.

Bob Metcalfe: In 2005, Metcalfe received the United States National Medal of Technology for "leadership in the invention, standardization, and commercialization of Ethernet." He founded  3Com Corp, an Internet hardware and software company that facilitated the commercial implementation of TCP/IP and the first Ethernet for PCs.

Jun Murai: Murai, the “Internet Samurai,” established the first-ever university network in Japan. He was one of the initial directors for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and has been honored with several awards for his innovations.

Kees Neggers: Neggers made major contributions to the development of the Internet in the Netherlands. He led the effort to create Ebone, the first European Internet Provider (IP) based on the concept of Open Exchanges. He is a proponent of an open, self-regulated Internet, and he has founded several organizations based on those principles.

Nii Quaynor: Quaynor established the first Internet connections in Africa and helped spread it throughout the continent.  He awas the founding chairman of AfriNIC, the African Internet numbers registry and was the first African elected to the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Glenn Ricart: Ricart connected the original federal TCP/IP networks and the first U.S. commercial and non-commercial Internet networks with the first Internet exchange point. He lead the University of Maryland to become the first university to implement TCP/IP across its campus. He founded US Ignite, a non-profit organization that launched applications based on new Internet technologies.

Robert Taylor: Taylor helped develop computer networking. He has directed ARPA’s computer research program and initiated the ARPAnet project. He published a paper with J.C.R. Licklider, “The Computer as a Communication Device,” that outlined the future of the Internet. He has received numerous prestigious awards for his work.

Stephen Wolff: Wolff developed the first open computer network in the U.S. that supported of research and higher education. Called the NSFNET, it connected a series of networks that facilitated the spread of knowledge. He now serves as interim vice president and chief technology officer of Internet2, a nonprofit consortium of U.S. universities.

Werner Zorn: While Zorn was serving as head of the Center of Infomatics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, he and his research team developed the infrastructure that connected Germany to the Internet. He also connected German universities by founding Xlink, an internet service provider.

GLOBAL CONNECTORS:

The Global Connectors are defined by the Internet Society
as those "who made significant contributions to the
global growth of the Internet for the benefit of society."

Karen Banks: Much of Banks' work has focused on using the Internet as a tool to facilitate social change. Her many accomplishments include co-founding the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), an international, nonprofit that strives to maintain a free and open Internet. She also helped form the Women's Rights Programme, which supports the use of Internet and communicating technologies to advance gender equity.

Gihan Dias: Dias brought the first academic Internet to Sri Lanka, starting with email. He also founded the Lanka Academic Network (LAcNet) and later became the program director of the government organization that develops the Internet in Sri Lanka.

Anriette Esterhuysen: Esterhuysen serves as the executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), an international network that utilizes Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to support social justice and development. Much of her work has focused on this goal.

Steve Goldstein: While working with the National Science Foundation, Goldstein helped connect 25 countries to NSFNET. He also launched STARTAP, an intercontinental exchange facility for high performance networks. He retired from NSF in 2003.

Teus Hagen: Hagen launched the Dutch Unix User Group and the European Unix User Group, later called EURopen. He also helped NLnet become the first Dutch ISP.

Ida Holz: Holz helped established a series of network that provided the foundation for the Internet in Latin America. She also led the establishment of the first Internet node in Uruguay. She now oversees the connectivity of 64 nodes at academic institutions throughout that country.

Qiheng Hu: Hu led the project team that brought the Internet to China’s mainland. She also helped foster a consensus to set up the first direct TCP/IP connection in China. She has served as a member of ICANN and WGIG.

Haruhisa Ishida: Ishida brought UNIX computing and internetworking to Japan. He promoted TCP/IP technologies and served as the first chairman of the Japan Network Security Association. He died on March 9, 2009.

Barry Leiner: Leiner helped establish the Internet Activities Board (later called the Internet Architecture Board) and led the effort to establish technical standards for the Internet. He also helped create the organizations that develop Internet communication protocols. He died on April 2, 2003.

George Sadowsky: Sadowsky helped connect more than 50 developing countries with Internet communication technologies. He spent 13 years at the United Nations, where he facilitated the use of computers to process census data in Africa and China. He is now a member of the ICANN Board of Directors.

INNOVATORS:

The Innovators category includes those "building on the work of
the earliest pioneers," those who "made outstanding technological,
commercial or policy advances that have transformed the Internet."

Mark Andreessen: Andreessen co-authored Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser. With his co-worker Eric Bina, he wrote the code for a user-friendly browser that would work on a wide range of computers. He later co-founded Netscape. He is now a venture capitalist who funds Internet innovation.

John Perry Barlow: Barlow co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance to individuals and defends new technologies. He often writes and lectures about the impact of the Internet and the cybersecurity legal order.

François Flückiger: Fluckiger spurred the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) to become a founding member of the Internet Society (ISOC). He managed CERN’s World Wide Web team after Tim Berners-Lee departed. He serves as CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Officer for Information Technologies.

Stephen Kent: Kent has been integral to the development of many network security system components, including network layer encryption, secure transport layer protocols, secure email technology and certification authority systems. He now chairs the Internet Privacy and Security Research Group.

Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder: Löwinder helped develop the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), as well as its technology and usage procedures. ICANN recently appointed her as a Crypto Officer for the Internet root zone.

Henning Schulzrinne: Schulzrinne co-developed the protocols that enable Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). He has developed other applications that enable real-time transmission of multimedia across the Internet. He now serves as Chief Technology Officer for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Richard Stallman: Stallman helped develop the GNU-Linux operating system. He founded the Free Software Foundation and effectively launched the Free Software Movement, which promotes freedom-respecting software. He has received many honors for his role in AI and software development. Stallman was at the induction ceremony, but he preferred that any video not be formatted in a non-free system, so it is available here (webm) or here (ogv). These videos are encoded using codecs that may not play on all browsers.

Aaron Swartz: Swartz was the key architect behind many Internet developments, including RSS 1.0, Creative Commons, the Internet Archives’ Open Library, watchdog.net and Reddit (which he co-owned). An advocate for a free and open Internet, he was accused in 2011 of using an MIT computer system to illegally download academic papers from JSTOR. He died in January 2013 at age 26.

Jimmy Wales: Wales co-founded Wikipedia, the open online encyclopedia that has become the fifth largest website in the world. He also founded the Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to developing multilingual content and distributing it to the public free of charge.

Click here to view long-form sit-down interviews
with many of the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees

- IETF and Internet Hall of Fame 2013 video interviews were conducted by Jeff Ackermann, Katie Blunt, Ryan Greene, Shakori Fletcher and Alex Rose, researchers from Elon University's School of Communications, under the supervision of Aaron Moger, University Communications video producer, Naeemah Clark, associate professor, and Janna Anderson, associate professor and director of the Imagining the Internet Center.