Tracy LaQuey Parker
Tracy LaQuey Parker is a Senior Vice President at Parker Solutions Group. Before joining Parker Solutions Group, LaQuey Parker worked for Cisco as a chief technology officer and started The UTeach Institute. Apart from her career, LaQuey Parker became the first person to win a lawsuit again a spammer and was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2017.
Early life and education
LaQuey Parker was born in Newfoundland and Labrador on an United States Air Force base. After moving to Texas, she went to the University of Texas at Austin for a Bachelor of Arts degree and specialized in computer science.
In 1988, she started working for the University of Texas with the Texas Higher Education Network. While with the university, she was a part of the Texas Education Network in 1991 that connected Texan teachers to the Internet. She left the university to work with Cisco Systems as a chief technology officer. While at Cisco, she was in charge of projects that introduced the Internet to schools globally. After creating The UTeach Institute in 2006, LaQuey Parker went to Parker Solutions Group and became the Senior Vice President of the Business Development department.
Outside of her career, LaQuey Parker was the lead plaintiff in a May 1997 lawsuit against Craig Nowak. Between March 31 and April 1 1997, LaQuey Parker received over 5,000 emails ranging from hate mail to bounce messages. These emails came after Nowak used email spoofing of LaQuey Parker's company email to send spam messages. In November 1997, a Texas District Court ruled in favour of LaQuey Parker and fined Novak for $19,000 in damages. After winning her case, LaQuey Parker became the first person to win a lawsuit against a spammer. Apart from her technological career, LaQuey Parker authored The User's Directory of Computer Networks in 1988 and The Internet Companion in 1992.
Awards and honors
- "UTeach Advisory Council". University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
- "Tracy LaQuey Parker". Internet Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
- "Board of Directors". Texas Foundation For Innovative Communities. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
- Girard, KIm (2 June 1997). "Ticked-off users head for court". Computerworld. p. 16. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
- Craddock, Ashley (29 May 1997). "Small-Time Spammer Slapped with Suit". Wired. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
- Lebkowsky, JON (4 July 1997). "The Fight Against Unsolicited E-mail". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
- "Antispam efforts heat up". Cnet. 14 November 1997. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
- Gallaga, Omar L. (26 October 2017). "Austin Internet pioneer Tracy LaQuey Parker on how it began and where we're going". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
- "2017 Internet Hall of Fame Inductees". Internet Hall of Fame. Retrieved 1 October 2018.