According to one online pioneer, 20 years of international collaboration over Internet access has had an indelible impact on Africa – both on and offline.
A former at-large director for ICANN, 2013 Internet Hall of Fame inductee Nii Quaynor is sometimes known as the “father of the Internet in Africa” for his efforts to improve access across the continent during the late 1990s.
In a recent blog post for Circle ID, Quaynor noted that ICANN’s steady growth and development over the last two decades has made it possible for developing countries, particularly those in Africa, to expand telecommunications infrastructure by coordinating resources. The discussions to facilitate that coordination led to greater dialogue on other topics as well.
“The novel community approach to decision-making through a multi-stakeholder bottom-up process was stimulating for those looking for more inclusion in governance,” he wrote.“This created many opportunities for dialog or the ability to lobby for a better local policy environment for the Internet. In short, there was alignment between forming an inclusive Internet governance structure and...
Do you know someone who has played a major role in the development and advancement of the Internet? On 1 January 2019, the Internet Hall of Fame will open nominations for its 2019 class of inductees.
The Internet Hall of Fame was launched in 2012 by the Internet Society. With more than 100 inductees, the Internet Hall of Fame celebrates Internet pioneers and innovators from around the world who have helped change the way we live and work today. Their trailblazing accomplishments are as broad and diverse as the Internet itself; expanding the Internet’s benefits into new regions and communities, and creating new technologies and standards that were foundational to the Internet’s development and expansion.
The Internet Hall of Fame recognizes:
• Individuals who were instrumental in the design and development of the Internet with exceptional achievements that impacted the Internet's global advancement and evolution; or
• Individuals who made outstanding technological, commercial, or other advances and helped to expand the Internet’s positive impact on the lives of others; or
• Individuals who made major contributions to the growth, connectivity, and use of the Internet, either on a global scale or within a specific region, that resulted in global impact.
If you know an extraordinary person who helped make the Internet what it is today, now is the time to start planning your nomination. For more information on the nomination process,...
Paul Vixie would rather domain names not live a Hobbesian existence.
A 2014 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, Vixie is the founder and CEO of the threat intelligence firm Farsight Security. In an effort to deter cybercrime and other online abuses, he has actively campaigned for a “cooling off” period of up to one week for domain name registrations and now has the research to back up his argument.
Vixie and his team conducted a six-month, longitudinal study of almost 24 million domains under 936 top-layer domains. They found that 9.3 percent of the new domains died within the first week, with a median lifespan of four hours and 16 minutes. Generic top-level domain names were three times more likely to die quickly compared to more traditional ones, such as .org, .net or .com.
“Most of them die young and most of them die after living short, brutal lives,” he said in an interview with Darkreading.com.
While Internet Hall of Fame inductee Yvonne Marie Andrés’ popular “International CyberFair” has become a mainstay for Internet collaboration in the classroom, Andrés has not stopped looking for ways to use the Internet to improve education – and the world.
One of her newest ventures is called “Global Forest Link,” which she describes as a collaborative analysis of environmental conditions and forest health. The goal is for students to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) skills while learning environmental science and data analysis, improving their communication, storytelling, and video production skills, and expanding their world perspective by collaborating with peers in other nations. Self-paced tutorials and downloadable resources are available in multiple languages. Live interactive webinars give students the opportunity to learn from experts, while sharing their own experiences.
“Students take photos and videos to assess the condition of their local forests, both wilderness and urban," she explains. "They document the health of trees to show how they have been affected by insects, fire, drought or human development. Next, they create digital stories that explain what they observed and share those stories with the public and other schools across the U.S., Taiwan, Russia, Brazil, Ecuador and Ghana.”
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Yvonne Marie Andrés wasn’t a scientist. She had never built networks or written software code. But as a teacher, she had an early vision to bring the Internet into the classroom to help students around the globe connect and collaborate.
The truly global impact of the programs she’s developed to accomplish this has made her one of the rare Internet Hall of Fame inductees without an engineering or mathematical background. For her many and ongoing contributions to growing the use of the Internet in education, Andrés was named in 2017 as an Internet Hall of Fame Innovator.
To be clear, she says, her efforts aren’t about distance learning, which has also been one of the Internet’s great contributions to education. Rather, they are about using the Internet to connect students with each other and with mentors, to give them a sympathetic audience, to help them learn, as well as teach about their respective communities and the world.
It all started in 1984, she said, when she began teaching in a disadvantaged area of Oceanside, California.
“A lot of my students came from homes where their parents were in gangs or prison, and they just didn’t have much need or respect for education,” she said. “I was looking for something to get their attention. A milestone was when a friend of mine went to England on a teaching exchange. When he came back he said the students he met there were fascinated with California and they wanted to know if they could write my...