Recognizing Internet visionaries, innovators, and leaders from around the world Thumbnail
‹ Back
19 September 2017

Recognizing Internet visionaries, innovators, and leaders from around the world

Kathryn Brown
By Kathryn BrownFormer President / CEO

As the Internet Society celebrates 25 years of advocacy for an open, globally-connected, and secure Internet, we are honored to recognize some of the trailblazers who have fueled the Internet’s historic growth.

On September 18, the Internet Society gathered to honor the fourth class of Internet Hall of Fame Inductees at UCLA, where nearly 50 years ago the first message was sent over the Internet’s predecessor, the ARPANET.  Over the years, the Internet has evolved thanks to the tireless efforts of individuals, including these inductees, who believed in the potential of an open Internet.

Representing 10 countries, the 14 individuals who comprise the 2017 inductee class are computer scientists, academics, inventors and authors who have advanced the Internet with key technical contributions,  fostered its global reach and increased the general public’s understanding of how it works—in turn accelerating global accessibility and usage among us all.

Ultimately, the success of the Internet depends on the people behind it, and these inductees personify the pioneering spirit of the ‘Innovators’ and ‘Global Connectors’ that have been so instrumental in bringing us this unprecedented technology. They are some of the earliest Internet evangelists and their work has been the foundation for so many of the digital innovations we see today, and for generations to come.

Whether they were instrumental in the Internet’s early design, promoting its use, or expanding its global reach, we all benefit from their commitment and foresight.

Thank you for your work….and congratulations! 

More details on the 2017 Internet Hall of Fame inductees can be found at


  • Jaap Akkerhuis (Netherlands)
  • Yvonne Marie Andrés (United States)
  • Alan Emtage (Barbados)
  • Edward Krol (United States)
  • Tracy LaQuey Parker (United States)
  • Craig Partridge (United States)

Global Connectors

  • Nabil Bukhalid (Lebanon)
  • Ira Fuchs (United States)
  • Shigeki Goto (Japan)
  • Mike Jensen (South Africa)
  • Ermanno Pietrosemoli (Venezuela)
  • Tadao Takahashi (Brazil)
  • Florencio Utreras (Chile)
  • Jianping Wu (China)
‹ Back

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

Related articles

Community 9 September 2022

Grow Your Connections with the Internet Society’s Alumni Network

We’re proud to announce a first in the history of the Internet Society: the creation of the Alumni Network....

Growing the Internet 21 April 2022

Together, We Made a Difference: Our Impact in 2021 

The 2021 Impact Report tracks our work through our actions and the actions of those across the Internet Society's...

About Internet Society 18 April 2022

Final Results of the 2022 Internet Society Board of Trustees Elections and IETF Selection

The Internet Society Elections Committee is pleased to announce the final results of the 2022 elections and the IETF...