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Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the global Internet? Perhaps they helped connect remote Nepalese villages with the global Internet, opening new possibilities for education and communications. Or perhaps they galvanized technologists to improve Internet access and capabilities throughout Africa. Or maybe they made extensive contributions to the development and administration of the Internet in its early days.

It is people like this who has who have made today’s Internet so remarkable.

Each year, the Internet Society’s Jonathan B. Postel Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made sustained contributions to the Internet we all use. It is awarded every year (read about past winners), and includes recognition at a global conference of the Internet’s technical leaders, as well as an award of US$20,000 and a unique crystal presentation.

The award is named for Dr. Jonathan B. Postel, who provided extraordinary stewardship over the course of a 30 year career in networking. He served as the editor of the RFC series from its inception in 1969 until 1998. He served as the ARPANET "numbers Czar" and Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) over the same period of time. He was a founding member of the Internet Architecture Board and was the first individual member of the Internet Society, where he also served as a Trustee.

You can recognize someone you know who has made a special contribution by nominating them for this year’s Postel Award.

The deadline for nominations is 18 May 2016. More information and the online nominations form are available at the Postel Award website.


For more information about Jon Postel and this award, please view this video narrated by Vint Cerf:

Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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