Internet Hall of Fame
|Internet Hall of Fame|
|Awarded for||Visionaries, leaders and luminaries who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the global Internet.|
|Presented by||Internet Society|
The Internet Hall of Fame is an honorary lifetime achievement award administered by the Internet Society (ISOC) in recognition of individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the Internet.
The Internet Hall of Fame was established in 2012, on the 20th anniversary of ISOC. Its stated purpose is to "publicly recognize a distinguished and select group of visionaries, leaders and luminaries who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the global Internet".
Nominations may be made by anyone through an applications process. The Internet Hall of Fame Advisory Board is responsible for the final selection of inductees. The advisory board is made up of professionals in the Internet industry.
There were 32 inductees in 2013. They were announced on June 26, 2013 and the induction ceremony was held on August 3, 2013, in Berlin, Germany. The ceremony was originally to be held in Istanbul, but the venue was changed due to the ongoing government protests in Turkey.
There were no inductees in 2015 and 2016 while the ISOC worked to create an Advisory Board to provide leadership on the program's direction. This Advisory Board would be responsible for the selection of the inductees going forward.
On September 18, 2017, the Internet Society gathered to honor the fourth class of Internet Hall of Fame Inductees at UCLA, where nearly 50 years ago the first electronic message was sent over the Internet's predecessor, the ARPANET.
On September 27, 2019, 11 new members were inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in a ceremony in San Jose, Costa Rica. The inductees included Larry Irving, the first African-American to be inducted.
In February 2021, the Internet Hall of Fame announced that nominations were open for 2021 inductees until April 23, 2021.
From 2012 to 2017, inductees were considered in three categories:
- Pioneers: "Individuals who were instrumental in the early design and development of the Internet."
- Global Connectors: "Individuals from around the world who have made significant contributions to the global growth and use of the Internet."
- Innovators: "Individuals who made outstanding technological, commercial, or policy advances and helped to expand the Internet's reach."
An asterisk (*) indicates a posthumous recipient. In 2019, inductees were not assigned categories.
Inductees since 2019
- Adiel Akplogan
- Kimberly Claffy
- Douglas Comer
- Elise Gerich
- Larry Irving
- Dan Lynch
- Jean Armour Polly
- José Soriano
- Michael Stanton
- Klaas Wierenga
- Suguru Yamaguchi*
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