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The Internet's Ability to Connect

February 9, 2020
Shigeki Goto

A 2017 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, Shigeki Goto did not quite expect the Internet to become so ubiquitous.

The current president of Japan’s National Internet Registry, Shigeki Goto helped develop the network in the mid 1980s after a stint at Stanford University. The registry in turn led to the formation of the Asia Pacific Network Information Center, a nonprofit address registry for more than two dozen countries along the Pacific Rim.

In an exclusive interview with the Internet Hall of Fame, Goto said he was very happy with the role the Internet has played in bringing people together over the years. 

“It’s just connecting devices physically,” he said. “However, it’s also connecting people. The Internet is a very good tool and it’s now an essential part of human society.”