The Internet Society (ISOC) is calling for nominations into its 2017 Internet Hall of Fame inductee class. The Internet Hall of Fame seeks to celebrate people who have contributed to the existence of the Internet, with innovations that have enabled people all over the world to connect to the life-changing global network of networks.
The year 2017 marks a significant milestone for the Internet Society as it celebrates 25 years of dedication to an open, secure Internet that provides opportunities for people all over the world. There has been a lot of advancement on the Internet over the years, as a result of this, the Internet Hall of Fame has been used to honor selected group of visionaries and innovators who were instrumental in the Internet’s development and advancement as it evolved.
The first set of inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame which included Internet luminaries such as Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee were described by PC Magazine as “Internet rock stars” and operating on a “whole different level of cool” according to MSNBC.
Now in its fourth year, the Internet Hall of Fame is led by an Advisory Board of past inductees who provide leadership in refining the program’s direction and selection process.
Nominations can include someone who deserves recognition for the technological innovations they conceived, communities they networked, or work that has impacted lives in places near and far.
Nominees are considered for induction into one of three categories. Individuals who were instrumental in the design and development of the Internet with exceptional achievements that impacted the Internet’s advancement and evolution may be inducted as pioneers.
Those who made outstanding technological, commercial, regulatory or policy advances and helped to expand the Internet’s positive impact on the lives of others are inducted as Innovators.
Individuals who have made major contributions to the growth, connectivity, and use of the Internet, either on a global scale or within a specific region that resulted in global impact will be inducted as Global Connectors.
“The Internet’s very DNA originates from the fabric of a collaborative, global community that fought hard at the Internet’s inception to make it open and inclusive. We all benefit today from the contributions of individuals who helped shape the global Internet with their innovative ideas, groundbreaking technologies, and collaborative work to connect more people and countries”.
According to ISOC: “It’s time to honor these inspiring leaders for their foresight, creativity, dedication, and achievements. We look forward to welcoming the next class of inductees in September as a cornerstone to the Internet Society’s 25th anniversary celebration.”
The deadline for submission of nominations for the Internet Hall of Fame’s 2017 inductee class closes March 15. Further information about how to submit a nomination can be obtained online from https://internethalloffame.org/nominations.