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December 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Internet Hall of Famer Michael Roberts must be feeling a great deal of satisfaction these days.

In his induction speech, he said he has an appreciation for team-building. Well, looking back on his career – not that he’s inclined to look back, but he was asked to do so during a recent conversation – it’s clear that he’s built some pretty exceptional teams himself.

Roberts is best known as CEO and first President of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). His emphasis on collaboration shines through as he modestly recalls how he got that position: “I had worked hard in the effort to implement the mandate to privatise the Domain Name System, had previous startup experience, and was able to step in when [fellow Internet Hall of Famer] Jon Postel died suddenly." He insists that it has been teamwork on the part of engineers and representatives of industry, governments, and nonprofits that deserves the credit for ICANN’s success in developing policies that coordinate the Internet’s Domain Name System. Nevertheless, his term there was so successful that what was supposed to be a six-month effort turned into three years.

The collaboration Roberts is most proud of is the one that won passage of the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991.  The legislation, originally introduced by Senator Al Gore...

November 14, 2014 | 0 comments

In a recent ‘CBS This Morning’ segment, Walter Isaacson, author of  “The Innovators,” which was released on October 7, 2014, discusses collaboration, and it’s important role in innovation.  In his book, which focuses on the men and women who helped create the Internet and computer, he mentions 26 of our Internet Hall of Fame inductees. Can you guess which ones?

November 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Dr. Douglas Van Houweling and his team at the University of Michigan scaled the original ARPAnet technology so that it could be used to establish today’s Internet. His project, done for the National Science Foundation and called the NSFNet, connected supercomputing centers and major research universities throughout the U.S. In this video, he describes working with “colleagues around the world,” in defiance of “abundant skeptics,” to allow the resulting Internet to grow to the absolutely necessary phenomenon it has become.


November 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Perhaps because October is the month when “International Internet Day” is celebrated worldwide, many Internet Hall of Fame inductees were featured in the news over the past four weeks.

A new book, “The Innovators,” was published, featuring tales of the late Internet pioneer J.C.R. Licklider and other luminaries and their contributions to the Internet. It was reviewed in the Washington Post, among other major publications.

The Internet Archive, created by Brewster Kahle  introduces some cool new tools for libraries worldwide.

Kilnam Chon tells U.S. News and World Report that repairing Korea’s ID security problems could take a decade.


November 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Earlier this year, Internet Hall of Famer Dr. Doug Van Houweling explained in a video how, back in the 1980s, he created the network that ran the NSFNet – the foundation on which the Internet was built. He followed up recently in a question-and-answer session that focused on the future of the Internet, key moments in its development and his take on its current challenges. Here’s what he had to say:

Q. In your Internet Hall of Fame acceptance speech in Hong Kong, you spoke about how the Internet can free us to do “things that really matter.” What are some of those things?

A. There’s been a lot of conversation about how the Internet has negatively affected personal interactions -- how kids spend their time online instead of going outside to play with other kids. Well, any new technology affects the way you allocate your time, but I’m hoping that the Internet of Things will automate the more uninteresting parts of our lives so that, for example, your car will change so that you don’t have to hold the steering wheel. In other words, the Internet of Things can free us to do creative, enjoyable things instead of repetitive...