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IoT Concerns Bring Eric Allman Out of Retirement

October 27, 2017

In 2012, after leaving his company, Sendmail Inc., Eric Allman was supposed to retire.

But after “a career of telling people to get out of my office so I could get my work done, I got lonely,” he said.

So he started hanging around UC Berkeley again, going to seminars and research meetings.

“At some point they said, ‘you know, we should put you on the payroll,’” Allman said.

So he is now, at least technically part-time, working on data storage and security for the Internet of Things, among other things.

Internet Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

Visionaries Who Helped Shape the Internet Take Their Place in the Internet Hall of Fame 

2017 inductees responsible for significant improvements in connectivity, key technical contributions and advancements that promoted the Internet’s use

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Induruwa Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

August 10, 2017

This June, Abhaya Induruwa was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for “exceptional contributions in the digital arena” at the first Sri Lanka Telecom Zero One Awards ceremony. Induruwa was inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014 as a 'Global Connector' and continues to work as a leader in the international community as head of th

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Watch the 2017 Internet Hall of Fame!

August 1, 2017

Since 2012, the Internet Hall of Fame has made it its mission to find and celebrate the people who have brought the global Internet to life, and this Monday, September 18, it will reveal the names of the 2017 inductee class. The ceremony will be held at 5:30 pm PDT at the University of California Los Angeles, and you can register now to watch it live! 

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One Step Closer to Internet for Everyone

July 28, 2017

Internet service that’s truly accessible everywhere is one step closer to becoming a reality as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has, for the first time, given a company permission to build a next-generation satellite Internet service that promises to be both ultra-fast and affordable. 

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Internet-Based Apps for Sri Lanka’s Greater Good

July 18, 2017

Gihan Dias is an active member of Sri Lanka’s Internet Society, but he has turned his focus away from building networks to developing Internet-based applications to advance his country.

The first app, he told the Internet Hall of Fame, involves using technology to help the government meet its requirement to communicate with a population that speaks different languages.

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Pioneering Sri Lanka’s Connection to the World

July 11, 2017

When Gihan Dias wrote his first computer program in the late 1970s, he had never seen a computer. “I learned BASIC programming from a book, and wrote programs on paper,” he said. When he actually got to use a computer—in 1979—he knew he had found his passion.

A few years later he met the Internet, which became his career-long focus.

Dias was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014 as a Global Connector for his role in setting up and the running the academic Internet in Sri Lanka, which started with the country’s pioneering e-mail system, LEARNmail.

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A Search for the Zombie Websites of 1995

June 21, 2017

Some of the Internet’s early hot spots have not aged well. 

There are now more than a billion sites and counting on the web. By comparison, in 1995, the year that saw the launch of both Amazon and AltaVista, there were just 23,500. 

Before launching its own website, The New York Times published a “site seeing” guide to the World Wide Web in January 1995, highlighting 26 websites for online rookies to visit. 

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Bringing a New Generation into the Digital Future

June 14, 2017

In this exclusive video from the Internet Hall of Fame archives, 2014 IHOF inductee Susan Estrada describes the 1988 creation of CERFnet, one of the original regional IP networks, and talks about how she and her team built an Internet network that everyone could use. CERFnet logged a number of notable ‘firsts’ for the Internet, including the first commercial network.