Do you know an extraordinary person who has made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the global Internet?
Today, the Internet Hall of Fame announced that it has officially opened nominations for its 2021 class of inductees and is seeking nominations through April 23, 2021.
Individuals worldwide who have played an extraordinary role in the development and advancement of the Internet will be considered.
In addition to those who have been more visible, the Internet Hall of Fame seeks nominees who have made crucial, behind-the-scenes contributions.
“At no point in time has the importance of the Internet and its chief characteristic—to connect—been felt so broadly, and so acutely,” said Andrew Sullivan, President and CEO of the Internet Society.
“The critical role the Internet has played throughout the pandemic reinforces now, more than ever, the significance of the people who originally conceived, built, guided and promoted this global network. It is our privilege to highlight their work and contributions.”
In selecting inductees, the Internet...
Add Michael Stanton to the list of Internet Hall of Fame inductees concerned about the future of network security.
A 2019 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, Stanton played a key role in the development and launch of what is now known as the National Education and Research Network. He still helps with the design and deployment of scalable optical networks around the world.
Citing a recent experience of attempted bank fraud on his personal account, Stanton specifically mentioned affordable, reliable network security among his greatest fears for the future of the Internet in a video interview.
“Unfortunately, everything comes down to price,” he said.
Citing concerns about data privacy, Tim Berners-Lee is attempting to overhaul his creation.
Part of the Internet Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, Berners-Lee is the founder of the World Wide Web and wrote the first web client and server.
Along with formal regulators, Berners-Lee has voiced concerns in recent years about larger web entities, such as Google and Facebook, having too much access to personal user data.
To address those concerns, he has co-founded a start-up, Inrupt, that limits access to personal data stored in a virtual safe that is only accessible by the users or entities that have that user’s permission. It has already launched a handful of pilot programs, including one with the United Kingdom’s National Health Service.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Berners-Lee said his goal is to move the Internet more towards “the web I originally wanted.”
A key component of the Internet’s early days may be facing widespread retirement soon.
Initially delayed by the pandemic, Google recently announced its next Chrome update will have fewer supports for file transfer protocol, with subsequent updates not supporting it at all. Mozilla announced a similar decision earlier this year for its Firefox browser in part due to security concerns.
Developed in 1971, FTP was one of the application-level programs for ARPANET’s early days. It facilitates data transfers among hosts.
In an interview with Vice, Internet Hall of Fame inductee Alan Emtage acknowledged that his creation, the early search engine Archie, would not have been possible without FTP. Launched before the commercialization of the Internet, Archie relied on a university network to allow users to search anonymous FTP servers for files.
“We were fighting the good fight,” he said. “We knew there was...
More than 20 years after helping facilitate Internet access in Latin America, José Soriano still wants to make sure everyone has equal access to the web.
A 2019 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, Soriano was an architect of a public Internet kiosk model that facilitated access for non-Spanish speaking people in his home country, Peru. That model was later embraced by the World Bank and adapted for use in El Salvador, Colombia, Uruguay, Togo and Mauritania.
In a recent video interview, Soriano said he worries about the potentially oversized influence of large companies on Internet access and content.
“We have three, four or five companies that could have all the property on the Internet,” he said.