Physicist Dr Dennis Jennings has become the first Irish person to be inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.
Long known for its buoyant property market and expertise as a financial services hub, Hong Kong could burnish its credentials as a "technology town" after the staging of two events that celebrate the past and point to the future of the internet.
Father of the Mouse, Father of DSL among honorees
Each year the Internet Hall of Fame recognizes people from all over the world who have each been instrumental in building and advocating for an open internet.
Steve Huter, who has worked from his base in Eugene for two decades to help build infrastructure for the Internet in more than 100 countries, has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.
Dai Davies brought Internet connectivity to the academic and research communities of Europe and then to other regions of the world.
As part of a small crowd of network pioneers at UC Berkeley, Eric Allman created Sendmail, one of the first Internet mail transfer agents and a key component of today's email servers.