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A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

On February 8, 1996, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Grateful Dead lyricist, Electronic Frontier Foundation founder and Internet Hall of Fame inductee John Perry Barlow wrote 'A Declaration of Cyberspace.' At the time, the declaration sought to establish that the Internet falls outside any country's borders, and that as a result no government's laws should be applied to it.


The Untold Internet

October 19, 2015

At the Internet Hall of Fame, we encounter a lot of history, and many of the milestones that led to the development of the modern Internet are already familiar to many of us: the genesis of the ARPANET, the implementation of the standard network protocol TCP/IP, the growth of LANs (Large Area Networks), the invention of DNS (the Domain Name System), and the adoption of American legislation that funded U.S. Internet expansion—which helped fuel global network access—to name just a few.

Public Interest Registry Appoints Dorcas Muthoni to Enset’s Board of Directors

Public Interest Registry — the not-for-profit manager of .org, .ngo and .ong — today announced the appointment of Dorcas Muthoni to the board of directors of nonprofit domain registrar Enset, a subsidiary organization. Muthoni, a member of the Internet Hall of Fame and CEO and founder of OPENWORLD LTD, will begin a two-year term as director this month.


Efforts to Reconnect Nepal to Internet Ongoing After April Earthquake

September 15, 2015

The Internet Hall of Fame recently checked in with Nepalese Internet pioneer Mahabir Pun on the effort to rebuild the country’s Internet infrastructure in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit the region in April. Pun was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014 for bringing Internet connectivity to many remote Nepalese villages through his organization, the Nepal Wireless Networking Project, so he’s no stranger to the challenges of connecting Nepal to the rest of the world.


The ARPANET came before it. And the World Wide Web and browser technology would later make it accessible for the masses. But in between, a small Ann Arbor-based group labored on the NSFNET in relative obscurity to build—and ultimately to save—the Internet.