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Fighting Cybercrime

July 31, 2014

Eric Huizer, of the Internet Hall of Fame Class of 2014, points out that fighting cybercrime is a difficult task. Of course we want an open Internet, he says, but the multinational nature of cybercrime inevitably involves politics and a nuanced approach.

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Threats to Internet Are Social Ones

July 31, 2014

Internet Hall of Famer Ben Segal says that the real threats to the Internet are the social ones. The “rich and powerful,” he says, should not be allowed to control the Internet; instead, he hopes the “democratic spirit of the Internet” will be maintained.

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A “110% Risk” Yields a Lasting Return for Girls and Women in Africa

July 3, 2014

African women face the same challenges confronting women everywhere: cultural attitudes that men can do “tech stuff” better, that motherhood distracts them from focusing on their work, that they are somehow not suited for careers in technology, math, science or engineering. Dorcas Muthoni has proved those attitudes wrong, and in doing so has proved an inspiration to girls and women across the continent and beyond.

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Internet Hall of Fame News Highlights

May 15, 2014

News media from Europe to the east and west coasts of the U.S. and from South China to East Africa and everywhere in between, covered one of the top tech stories of the year in April: the induction of 24 luminaries into the Internet Hall of Fame. Here are a few of those stories, in case you missed them:

Pun Connects Nepal

Mahabir Pun, with the help of volunteers from the US and Europe, connects the first village in Nepal to the Internet using long range wireless links built from homemade antennas. This is the beginning of the Nepal Wireless Network, which has since connected 175 villages to the Internet.

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Scaling a Mount Everest of Challenges, Mahabir Pun Connects Rural Nepal to the World

May 6, 2014

In the 1990s in Nangi village, Nepal, if you wanted to send a small message to another village, you had to walk for several hours because there was no modern communication system. If you wanted to buy a cow or buffalo, you had to hike for several hours over mountainous and rocky terrain to ask the farmers in the nearest village if they have a cow to sell.

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Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder Urges Greater Internet User and Vendor Responsibility

April 2, 2014

Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for her achievements in improving Internet security by jumpstarting the implementation of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). That protocol ensures that Web surfers can know for certain that they are visiting a secure site. But these days, Eklund Löwinder is laser-focused on the Internet’s future.

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Our Online Safety is Protected by One “Stubborn Lady”

March 25, 2014

At the Internet Hall of Fame induction ceremony in August 2013, Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder described herself as a “very, very stubborn lady,” and indeed it was stubbornness (others would call it persistence) that she believes facilitated her Hall of Fame accomplishment: guiding the implementation of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). That protocol guards against scams, increases safeguards and detects attempts to impersonate legitimate websites, enabling Internet users to be sure we are visiting a secure site.

DNSSEC Introduced

Lowinder makes it her passion to convince the .SE board to understand the importance of DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions), the Internet protocol guards that enable users to be sure they are visiting a secure site.