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Karen Banks

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Karen Banks is a British computer networking pioneer who was inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2013 as a "Global Connector".[1][2]

In the 1990s she maintained GnFido, a pioneering gateway run by non-profit ISP GreenNet, which used store and forward techniques to provide otherwise unavailable internet access for individuals and organisations across Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe.GreenNet was a founder member of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and Banks was one of the founders of its Women's Networking Support Programme (WNSP) in 1993 and its coordinator 1996-2004. At the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995 the WNSP provided web access and email for 10,000 delegates, many of whom had never seen a web page before. From 1998 to 2001 Banks coordinated APC's global Internet rights work in Europe, and she became network development manager in 2004. She is now APC's operations director.[2][3]

In 2004 she was given the Anita Borg Award for Social Impact by the Anita Borg Institute, in recognition of "significant and sustained contributions in technology".[4][5]

She is a board member of Privacy International.[6]

On 16 November 2018 Banks was recognised with the Oxford Internet Institute Award [7] for her lifetime achievements in using information and communication technologies for social change.

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  1. ^ "2013 Inductees". Internet Hall of Fame. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Karen Banks". Internet Hall of Fame. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Finance, administration and human resources". Association for Progressive Communications. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  4. ^ "APC WNSP's Karen Banks Wins Anita Borg Award for Social Impact". Association for Progressive Communications. 5 October 2004. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  5. ^ "ABIE Award Winners, Social Impact: Karen Banks". Anita Borg Institute. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Karen Banks: Board Member". Privacy International. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Oxford Internet Institute Award". Oxford Internet Institute. Retrieved 16 November 2018.