As executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Anriette Esterhuysen of South Africa works to make the Internet a safer, freer and more equal place for women, minority groups and people in the world’s developing regions. Recently she spoke with the Internet Hall of Fame about human rights and the intersection of the feminist and Internet-freedom movements. Here’s part of that conversation.
Q. What do you believe are the biggest Internet-related human rights challenges today?
A. One of the biggest tensions is the one between the people’s need for a public space to talk about politics, gender issues, or anything else they might want to talk about, and the governments that are trying to control that space. But it’s not just governments that are trying to control it: it’s also private businesses. For example, Internet.org, an initiative of Facebook, would give people access to the Internet only through Facebook, a private company. That’s an encroachment on the possibilities of the Internet, which is unacceptable. So, freedom of expression can be limited by governments, but also by business.
The Internet Hall of Fame caught up with 2012 inductee Vint Cerf at a recent summit in Washington, D.C. that was co-hosted by the Internet Society and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The summit, entitled The Internet Age: Founders to Future—which included Cerf, as well as Internet Hall of Fame inductees Mitchell Baker and David Farber— examined, in part, how the Internet will evolve and how this will impact our future. After the summit, following up on this theme, Cerf predicted that a whole new generation of Internet Hall of Fame inductees will arise from the proliferation of the Internet of Things. Watch this exclusive video on his description of our future in a connected Internet environment.
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The Internet is among the most powerful and influential “inventions” ever created, but what challenges does it face, how will it continue to evolve, and how will that impact our lives in the future?
On June 11, the Internet Society and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will co-host a summit entitled The Internet Age: Founders to Future, which will explore these questions and more with a distinctive panel that includes Internet Hall of Fame inductees Vint Cerf, Mitchell Baker, and David Farber.
The summit, also featuring Sebastian Thrun, is part of the Smithsonian’s program, ‘Raise It Up! America Innovates,’ which celebrates the July opening of the museum’s new Innovation wing. The new wing will feature exhibitions and learning spaces that explore America’s desire for game-changing ideas, and include memorabilia associated with the early development of the Internet.
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Vint Cerf and Mitchell Baker have each played a key role in the development of the global Internet: Cerf as co-creator of TCP/IP, and Baker as the creator of the Netscape software license that helped usher in the open source movement. They will be bringing these unique perspectives with them when they participate in The Internet Age: Founders to Future, a panel being hosted on June 11 by the Internet Society and the Smithsonian’s National Museum for American History in Washington D.C.
In April of 2012, when Cerf and Baker were inducted into the very first Internet Hall of Fame, Wired....