Jean Armour Polly

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Polly in 2019

Jean Armour Polly is a librarian and the author of an early series of books on safe Internet services, Surfing the Internet..[1] She has been an active Internet user since 1991.[2] In 2019, she was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.[3] She was Director of Public Services and Internet Ambassador at NYSERNet, Inc (1992–1995).[4] She has served on the Internet Society Board of Trustees (1993–1996) and on the ICANN At-Large Advisory Council (ALAC) (2004–2006), as well as on the board of ICRA.[5][6]


She received her BA in Medieval Studies at Syracuse University in 1974, and her Master's in Library Science from the same university in 1975.[7] Polly was a key person in popularizing the phrase "surfing the Internet", being the author of an article called "Surfing the INTERNET", published in the University of Minnesota Wilson Library Bulletin in June, 1992 though others had also used the phrase previously.[1]


Polly is the author of the well-known series of books The Internet Kids & Families Yellow Pages.[8] Because of her long-standing work, devoted to family- and child-related issues on the Internet, Polly is often referred to as one of the original "Mothers" of the Internet.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She lives near Syracuse, New York, where she runs the "Net-mom" Internet site.[9] She has one son, Stephen.[10]


  1. ^ a b Jean Armour Polly (December 15, 1992). "Surfing the INTERNET: an Introduction, Version 2.0.2". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
  2. ^ a b "The woman who coined the expression "Surfing the Internet"". SurferToday. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  3. ^ "2019 INTERNET HALL of FAME INDUCTEES". Internet Society. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  4. ^ "'Copyright/Internet -Jean Armour Polly - free program (fwd)'". MARC. 1994-10-22. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  5. ^ "1994-1995". Internet Society. 2021-09-28. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  6. ^ "Archives - Biographical Data on Jean Armour Polly". ICANN. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  7. ^ "Polly to head Liverpool library". Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  8. ^ "The Internet kids & family yellow pages /". The Library of Congress. 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  9. ^ "Home". NetMom. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  10. ^ "Called Away - Marylee M. Armour obit". Marylee's Musings. 1960-02-24. Retrieved 2022-02-25.

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