Pre-2016 Press Releases 8 March 2012

Internet Hall of Fame to Recognize Landmark Achievements of Internet Pioneers, Innovators, and Global Leaders

Internet Society convenes distinguished international panel to select inaugural inductees

[Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland – 08 March 2012] – The Internet Society today announced that in conjunction with its 20th anniversary celebration, it is establishing an annual Internet Hall of Fame program to honor leaders and luminaries who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the global Internet. Inaugural inductees will be announced at an Awards Gala during the Internet Society’s Global INET 2012 conference in Geneva, Switzerland, 22-24 April 2012,

“There are extraordinary people around the world who have helped to make the Internet a global platform for innovation and communication, spurring economic development and social progress,” noted Internet Society CEO Lynn St. Amour. “This program will honor individuals who have pushed the boundaries to bring the benefits of a global Internet to life and to make it an essential resource used by billions of people. We look forward to recognizing the achievements of these outstanding leaders.” 

The Internet Society has convened an Advisory Board to vote on the inductees for the 2012 Internet Hall of Fame inauguration. The Advisory Board is a highly-qualified, diverse, international committee that spans multiple industry segments and backgrounds.  This year’s Advisory Board members include:

  •  Dr. Lishan Adam, ICT Development Researcher, Ethiopia
  • Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED
  • Alex Corenthin, Directeur des Systemes d’Information, University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar; Chair, Internet Society Senegal Chapter
  • William Dutton, Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute
  • Joichi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab
  • Mike Jensen,  Independent ICT Consultant, South Africa
  • Aleks Krotoski, Technology Academic/Journalist/Author
  • Loic Le Meur, Founder & CEO, LeWeb
  • Mark Mahaney, Internet Analyst, Citigroup
  • Dr. Alejandro Pisanty, Professor at National University of Mexico; Chair of Internet Society Mexico Chapter
  • Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project
  • Jimmy Wales, Co-founder, Wikipedia

“We are extremely grateful to our distinguished Advisory Board members who have donated their time, energy, and expertise to this program,” St. Amour added. “The breadth of their experiences and the diversity of their perspectives are invaluable, and we truly appreciate their participation.”

About the Internet Society
The Internet Society is the trusted independent source for Internet information and thought leadership from 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 foundations. 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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