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Internet Hall of Fame Welcomes 2014 Inductees at Ceremony in Hong Kong
|By Business Wire
|April 8, 2014 12:30 AM EDT
Twenty-four people who designed and advanced the Internet as the global,
world-changing platform that it is today will be inducted into the
Internet Hall of Fame. The Internet Hall of Fame was launched in 2012 by
the Internet Society and this year’s ceremony will be held in Hong Kong
on 8 April. Representing 13 countries, the 2014 class of inductees have
pushed the boundaries of technological and social innovation to connect
the world. Their trailblazing accomplishments are as broad and diverse
as the Internet itself; expanding the Internet’s benefits into new
regions and communities, and creating new technologies and standards
that were foundational to the Internet’s development and expansion.
The Internet Hall of Fame celebrates Internet leaders and innovators
from around the world who believe in the design and potential of an open
Internet and, through their work, have helped change the way we live and
work today. The 2014 inductees embody that vision:
Pioneers Circle – Recognizing individuals who were instrumental in the
early design and development of the Internet:
Innovators – Recognizing individuals who made outstanding technological,
commercial, or policy advances and helped to expand the Internet’s reach:
Global Connectors – Recognizing individuals from around the world who
have made significant contributions to the global growth and use of the
“We all benefit today from the contributions of these individuals who
helped shape the global Internet,” noted Internet Society CEO Kathy
Brown. “They fearlessly forged into uncharted territory with innovative
ideas, groundbreaking technologies, and collaborative work to connect
more people and countries to the Internet. We are delighted to honor
these inspiring leaders for their foresight, creativity, dedication, and
The Internet Hall of Fame is sponsored by Afilias, http://afilias.info/,
which connects the world with reliable, secure, scalable and globally
available technology that makes Internet addresses more accessible and
useful; and TeliaSonera International Carrier, http://www.teliasoneraic.com/,
which owns and operates one of the world’s most extensive fiber
backbones. Cathay Pacific Airways is the official airline of the 2014
Internet Hall of Fame.
The 2014 Internet Hall of Fame induction celebration will be hosted by
the Internet Society’s Hong Kong Chapter, and held in conjunction with
the International IT Fest 2014, organized by the Hong Kong Office of the
Government Chief Information Officer.
“I am delighted that Hong Kong is the first city in the Asia Pacific
region to host this prestigious event for the global Internet community.
The Internet Hall of Fame celebrates pioneers of a technology which has
transformed the way we live, work, and learn. With an extensive range of
information resources and services, the Internet has made our world more
productive, efficient and convenient. It promotes knowledge-sharing and
global connectivity. The Internet also opens up seemingly endless
possibilities for the future. Hong Kong people have embraced the
Internet age as an integral and indispensable feature of our
generation,” stated Mr. John Tsang, Financial Secretary, the Government
of Hong Kong SAR.
The Internet Hall of Fame induction ceremony can be viewed via
More details on the 2014 Internet Hall of Fame inductees, including
their biographies and photos, can be found at www.internethalloffame.org.
You can follow the Internet Hall of Fame on Facebook and on Twitter at
About the Internet Hall of Fame
The Internet Hall of Fame (www.internethalloffame.org)
is a recognition program and virtual museum that celebrates the living
history of the Internet and the individuals whose extraordinary
contributions have made the Internet, its worldwide availability and
use, and its transformative nature possible. The Internet Hall of Fame
was launched by the Internet Society in 2012.
About the Internet Society
The Internet Society (www.internetsociety.org)
is the trusted independent source for Internet information and thought
leadership around the world. With its principled vision and substantial
technological foundation, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on
Internet policy, technology, and future development among users,
companies, governments, and other organizations. Working with its
members and Chapters around the world, the Internet Society enables the
continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone.
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