Tracy LaQuey Parker

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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[edit]

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.[1]


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.[2] 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.[1] 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.[3]

Outside of her career, LaQuey Parker was the lead plaintiff in a May 1997 lawsuit against Craig Nowak.[4] 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.[5][6] In November 1997, a Texas District Court ruled in favour of LaQuey Parker and fined Novak for $19,000 in damages.[7] After winning her case, LaQuey Parker became the first person to win a lawsuit against a spammer.[2] Apart from her technological career, LaQuey Parker authored The User's Directory of Computer Networks in 1988 and The Internet Companion in 1992.[8]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2017, LaQuey Parker was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.[9]


  1. ^ a b "UTeach Advisory Council". University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Tracy LaQuey Parker". Internet Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Board of Directors". Texas Foundation For Innovative Communities. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  4. ^ Girard, KIm (2 June 1997). "Ticked-off users head for court". Computerworld. p. 16. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  5. ^ Craddock, Ashley (29 May 1997). "Small-Time Spammer Slapped with Suit". Wired. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  6. ^ Lebkowsky, JON (4 July 1997). "The Fight Against Unsolicited E-mail". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Antispam efforts heat up". Cnet. 14 November 1997. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "2017 Internet Hall of Fame Inductees". Internet Hall of Fame. Retrieved 1 October 2018.