By the Internet Hall of Fame Editorial Staff
The 1980s were a time of all-out enthusiasm on the part of brilliant computer-science researchers who saw amazing possibilities for changing the world. Larry Landweber brought them all together, setting off an explosion of synergy that resulted in the Internet we know today.
It was while teaching computer science theory at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1977 that Landweber began to see the mind-boggling implications of connecting some of the world’s great minds. For four years, he went into “learning mode,” as he calls it, soaking up knowledge and ideas from the nation’s top innovators in the field of networking.
In 1981, he obtained National Science Foundation funding to create the Computer Science Network (CSNET), which extended the benefits of networking to universities outside the Defense Department’s ARPANET.
Thanks to CSNET, scientists at hundreds of universities could now share ideas.
He didn’t stop there: He created a series of International Academic NetWorkshops (“the Landweber Workshops”) throughout the 1980s at which researchers and engineers shared the software they were developing in their own countries, and learned from one another.
“These people were to become the...
The 2013 Internet Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in Istanbul, Turkey in a ceremony at the conclusion of the Internet Society’s INET Istanbul conference on 26 June. Global business, policy, and technology leaders will gather to examine key issues impacting the Internet and to recognize the landmark accomplishments of this year’s Internet Hall of Fame inductees.
INET Istanbul and the Internet Hall of Fame awards ceremony is open to all registrants on a first-come, first-served basis (registration links below). The ceremony will also be live streamed, or you can follow events on Twitter and on Facebook.
“With its booming Internet economy, Istanbul will provide the ideal backdrop for this impressive assembly of business and policy thought leaders with the Internet’s pioneers and visionaries,” noted Internet Society President and CEO Lynn St. Amour.
The 2013 Internet Hall of Fame inductees will once again reflect the broad and varied...
Tour Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive near San Francisco, and be sure not to miss the “terra cotta archivists” in their pews! Kahle, with this “Library of Alexandria 2.0,” is not just digitizing every book ever published: His goal is to preserve all the world’s knowledge.
In April 2012, shortly after the inaugural induction of over 30 Internet luminaries into of the Internet Hall of Fame, Wired launched a special editorial series to cover the event. The result: A collection of 31 exclusive interviews that capture each inductee’s historic contribution to the Internet. The 2012 interview collection can be found in its entirety on our blog.
The final part in a three-part guest blog series submitted by Internet Hall of Fame inductee Nancy Hafkin explores the anticipated expansion of the study she recently conducted with Sophia Huyer, executive director of Women in Global Science and Technology (WISAT). Gender in the Knowledge Society Framework finds that multiple factors must be addressed before women achieve parity in the science and technology fields.
EDUCATION ALONE WON’T CLOSE KNOWLEDGE GENDER DIVIDE
by Guest Contributor Nancy Hafkin
In 2013, Gender in the Knowledge Society Framework will be extended to another seven countries. In the meantime we have come to some tentative conclusions. Within education there needs to be very positive encouragement for women and girls to study science and technology. However, it is not enough to concentrate on increasing girls’ access to education. Education does not stand alone. Both good health and decent social status are necessary elements in the equation. There has to be a supportive policy environment for women that covers, for starters, both health and social status, as well...