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2014 Internet Hall of Fame Induction

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Researchers from the Imagining the Internet Center recorded acceptance speeches at the ceremony, hosted by the Internet Society in Hong Kong in conjunction with the IT Fest. 

Honorees include Douglas Engelbart, Michael Roberts, Susan Estrada, Frank Heart, Masaki Hirabaru, Dennis Jennings, Eric Bina, Hualin Qian, Mahabir Pun, Dorcas Muthoni and more. The video viewer holds clickable clips of inductees who attended the event. Click on those you wish to view. To see additional videos, click on the numbers at the end of the video column – there are many more than you see here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014: The third induction of honorees to the Internet Society’s Internet Hall of Fame took place at the Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong following several sessions held for Internet innovators and other stakeholders.

To view the full 2-hour ceremony click here. 

The Hall of Fame class of 2014 includes 24 Internet leaders who were selected because of their impact, influence, innovation and the reach of their contributions. They were chosen for this honor by an 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.

Three individuals — Douglas Engelbart, Rolf Nordhagen and Masaki Hirabaru — were honored posthumously, and some of the inductees were unable to attend the event.

To see the induction acceptance speeches, click on the videos in the player above. Links below lead to the Internet Hall of Fame Web page for each inductee.


The Pioneers Circle honors “individuals who were instrumental in the early design and development of the Internet.”

Douglas Engelbart: He is honored for decades of pioneering work in augmenting the human intellect and the human-computer interface. He also founded ARPAnet’s Network Information Center.

Susan Estrada: She was the founder of CERFnet, one of the original regional IP networks, in 1988. She also assisted in establishing the first commercial Internet traffic and authored the best-seller “Connecting to the Internet” in 1993.

Frank Heart: He led the small group of engineers at Bolt Beranek and Newman that built the Interface Message Processors (routers) for the first Internet connections in 1968 and his emphasis on network reliability made ARPAnet a success.

Dennis Jennings: He was the first program director for networking at the US National Science Foundation in 1985-86, developing a vision of a network of networks – an Internet – to serve research and higher education.

Rolf Nordhagen: He was a leader in the formative years of the Internet in Scandinavia from the 1970s and onward, helping to establish UNINETT and NORDUnet.

Radia Perlman: She has worked since the 1980s to design robust, scalable and easy-to-manage routing protocols, allowing people to share information with ease. She is expert in trust models and a coauthor of “Network Security.”


The Global Connectors are defined by the Internet Society as those “individuals from around the world who have made significant contributions to the global growth and use of the Internet.”

Dai Davies: He introduced Internet technology to the pan-European backbone, EuropaNet, in 1991, and has since been a leader in development and innovation of the Internet and research networks across Europe.

Demi Getschko: He was a key leader in the team that established the Internet in Brazil and he has been instrumental as a leader with Brazil’s Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) since 1995.

Masaki Hirabaru: He played a key role in the formation of the Japan Network Information Center and the Asia Pacific Network Information Center, helping to establish the global Internet across a broad swath of the world.

Erik Huizer: He authored the first Request for Comments to document the Internet Engineering Task Force standards process and procedures of IETF Working Groups; he led the Internet Architecture Board introduction of the use of cryptography in protocols.

Steven Huter: He has wokred with engineers and developers in more than 100 countries across the world to build Internet infrastructure and establish partnerships, working with NSRC, the Internet Society and APC as director for the Network Startup Resource Center.

Abhaya Induruwa: He pioneered academic and research networking and Internet deployment in Sri Lanka in the late 1980s despite many obstacles, including two civil wars at the time and limited resources.

Dorcas Muthoni: She is the CEO and founder of OPENWORLD, delivering Web and cloud applications in Africa. Muthoni is also founder of a capacity-building initiative for African women.

Mahabir Pun: He founded the Nepal Wireless Networking Project and has worked since the 1990s to establish the Internet in rural schools, promote digital literacy and improve education.

Srinivasan Ramani: He helped launch the Indian Academic Network in 1983 and coordinated ERNET for India’s National Center for Software Technology, eventually helping to spread Internet access across India.

Michael Roberts: He was the first president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), serving from 1988 to 2001. He earlier was a vice president at the academic network EDUCOM.

Ben Segal: He coordinated TCP/IP’s adoption within the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) from 1984-1988. He also assisted Tim Berners-Lee with design decisions prior to his invention of the World Wide Web.

Douglas Van Houweling: He was a leader of the early growth and transition of the NSFnet national backbone in the US from a mostly academic network to one that was open to all, including commercial providers.


The Innovators category includes those who have “made outstanding technological, commercial or policy advances and helped to expand the Internet’s reach.”

Eric Allman: He has been been a leader in innovation in mail transfer and standardization and was the first to make Internet addresses highly configurable. He also created syslog, the defacto standard logging mechanism.

Eric Bina: He co-created the first browser, Mosaic, in 1993 and also later co-founded Netscape Communications with fellow Internet Hall of Famer Marc Andreessen.

Karlheinz Brandenburg: He is the driving force behind MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 (MP3) and MPEG audio standards. His work has been crucial to the early years of Internet audio encoding.

John Cioffi: He is known as the “father of DSL,” and it was his work that made the digital subscriber line possible, accounting for about 98% of the world’s more than 500 million DSL connections.

Hualin Qian: He led the team that completed the first Internet connection from China to the US in 1994, and that same year he and his team completed construction of China’s top-level domain, .cn.

Paul Vixie: He has been instrumental in Domain Name System (DNS) protocol extensions and applications used today, including dynamic update, network reputationand BIND open-source software, allowing the DNS to scale.

Click here to view long-form sit-down interviews with many of the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.

Click here to view video excerpts from two additional events – a forum and a panel discussion on Internet issues

– This Internet Hall of Fame 2014 video documentation was gathered by Mia Watkins, Jason Puckett, Brian Mezerski, Sky Cowans and Addie Haney, researchers from Elon University’s School of Communications, under the supervision of Anthony Hatcher, associate professor, Aaron Moger, university video producer, and Janna Anderson, associate professor and director of Imagining the Internet.

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