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September 19, 2017 | 0 comments

As the Internet Society celebrates 25 years of advocacy for an open, globally-connected, and secure Internet, we are honored to recognize some of the trailblazers who have fueled the Internet’s historic growth.

On September 18, the Internet Society gathered to honor the fourth class of Internet Hall of Fame Inductees at UCLA, where nearly 50 years ago the first message was sent over the Internet’s predecessor, the ARPANET.  Over the years, the Internet has evolved thanks to the tireless efforts of individuals, including these inductees, who believed in the potential of an open Internet.

Representing 10 countries, the 14 individuals who comprise the 2017 inductee class are computer scientists, academics, inventors and authors who have advanced the Internet with key technical contributions, fostered its global reach and increased the general public’s understanding of how it works—in turn accelerating global accessibility and usage among us all.

Ultimately, the success of the Internet depends on the people behind it, and these inductees personify the pioneering spirit of the ‘Innovators’ and ‘Global Connectors’ that have been so instrumental in bringing us this unprecedented technology. They are some of...

August 15, 2017 | 0 comments

In anticipation of the 2017 Internet Hall of Fame ceremony on September 18th in Los Angeles, we're taking a look back at ceremonies from years past to see what's inspired us. 

One such moment came from Tim Berners-Lee in 2012, when he was inducted into the inaugural Internet Hall of Fame for his groundbreaking development of the World Wide Web. 

In his acceptance speech, he pays homage to his own mentors, including fellow inductee Ben Segal, noting that without these mentors, the World Wide Web would not have been possible. 

His remarks include a nod not just to the past creators of the Internet, but to the future ones, and to a hope for a decentralized and open Internet that continues to serve and support a growing and truly global community.  

Addressing a room full of fellow inductees, he noted: "There are other waves coming on. They’re building on top of the Web, they’re building on top of the open Web platform and so on, but hopefully they’re all building using the same fundamental principles. Not only about how we build stuff, but also about how we work together--about the decentralized and open and caring...community that you guys have set up--we have tried to set up--and I hope they will set up in time....

August 10, 2017 | 0 comments

This June, Abhaya Induruwa was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for “exceptional contributions in the digital arena” at the first Sri Lanka Telecom Zero One Awards ceremony. Induruwa was inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014 as a 'Global Connector' and continues to work as a leader in the international community as head of the Centre for Cybercrime and Security Innovation in the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing at the Canterbury Christ Church University in the United KingdomWatch his award presentation below, with Induruwa's remarks on his decades of work to bring connectivity to Sri Lanka.

August 1, 2017 | 3 comments

Since 2012, the Internet Hall of Fame has made it its mission to find and celebrate the people who have brought the global Internet to life, and this Monday, September 18, it will reveal the names of the 2017 inductee class. The ceremony will be held at 5:30 pm PDT at the University of California Los Angeles, and you can register now to watch it live! 

The Internet has come a long way since its earliest days, and the Internet Hall of Fame honors a select group of visionaries and innovators who were instrumental in the Internet’s development and advancement along the way. The 2017 inductees, part of the fourth inductee class, have promoted global access and reach, and increased our knowledge of how the Internet works, helping to ensure its widespread use.  

When the Internet Hall of Fame was launched, PC Magazine called the first inductees—which included Internet luminaries such as Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee—“Internet rock stars” who were, according to MSNBC, operating on a “whole different level of cool.”

This was a fitting description at the time, and one that is just as relevant now as it was then.  From groundbreaking technologies to grassroots collaboration, our global society benefits from the people who have worked tirelessly—many times behind the scenes—to...

July 28, 2017 | 0 comments

Internet service that’s truly accessible everywhere is one step closer to becoming a reality as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has, for the first time, given a company permission to build a next-generation satellite Internet service that promises to be both ultra-fast and affordable. 

OneWeb, according to The Washington Post, will target U.S. consumers, “providing broadband anywhere in the U.S., particularly in rural areas where it can be difficult to provide fast Internet connections using traditional ground-based cables.” According to the Post, the new network will be built on a fleet of 720 satellites, which will orbit earth at an altitude of around 745 miles, and service could start as early as 2019. The approval from the FCC gives the company the ability to use airwaves that will beam the Internet down to earth.  

From The Washington Post

“Satellite Internet services are available now. But today's technology is slow, expensive and largely out-of-reach for individual consumers. For a connection barely fast enough to support Netflix, users can spend up to $200 a day — making it realistic only for corporate customers or, in some cases, relief workers responding to natural disasters where connectivity is a must. By contrast, the next generation of...