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Internet Hall of Fame

Internet Hall of Fame
Awarded for Visionaries, leaders and luminaries who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the global Internet.
Date Annual
Country International
Presented by Internet Society
First awarded 2012
Official website
Inaugural inductees (2012)

The Internet Hall of Fame (est. 2012) is an honorary lifetime achievement award administered by the Internet Society (ISOC) in recognition of individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the Internet.[1] Inductees include Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee, Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds.


  • Overview 1
  • History 2
  • Inductees 3
    • Pioneers 3.1
    • Global Connectors 3.2
    • Innovators 3.3
  • Advisory Board 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The Internet Hall of Fame was established in 2012, on the 20th anniversary of ISOC.[2] Its stated purpose is to "publicly recognize a distinguished and select group of visionaries, leaders and luminaries who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the global Internet".[1]

Nominations may be made by anyone through an applications process. The Internet Hall of Fame Advisory Board is responsible for the final selection of inductees.[1] The advisory board is made up of well known professionals in the Internet industry.[3]


In 2012, there were 33 inaugural inductees into the Hall of Fame, announced on April 23, 2012 at the Internet Society’s Global INET conference in Geneva, Switzerland.[4][5][6]

There were 32 new inductees in 2013. They were announced on June 26, 2013 and the induction ceremony was held on August 3, 2013, in Berlin, Germany.[7][8] The ceremony was originally to be held in Istanbul, but the venue was changed due to the ongoing government protests in Turkey.[9]

The class of 2014 inducted 24 people. They were announced at an event in Hong Kong. [10]


Inductees are considered in three categories:

  • Pioneers: "Individuals who were instrumental in the early design and development of the Internet."
  • Global Connectors: "Individuals from around the world who have made significant contributions to the global growth and use of the Internet."
  • Innovators: "Individuals who made outstanding technological, commercial, or policy advances and helped to expand the Internet's reach."

An asterisk (*) indicates a posthumous recipient.


Global Connectors


Advisory Board


  1. ^ a b c About page, Internet Hall of Fame website. Last accessed April 24, 2012
  2. ^ Internet Hall of Fame, ISOC website. Last accessed April 24, 2012
  3. ^ Advisory board, Internet Hall of Fame website. Last accessed April 24, 2012
  4. ^ 2012 Inductees, Internet Hall of Fame website. Last accessed April 24, 2012
  5. ^ "Internet gets Hall of Fame, Al Gore honored". CBS News. April 24, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d Ryan Singel (April 23, 2012). "The Internet Gets a Hall of Fame (Including Al Gore!)". Wired. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Internet Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees".  
  8. ^ "Internet Hall of Fame Honors 2013 Inductees at Ceremony in Berlin, Germany".  
  9. ^ a b c d Chenda Ngak (June 26, 2013). "Aaron Swartz among inductees to Internet Hall of Fame". CBS News. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d ISOC (2014-04-08). "Internet Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees!". Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  11. ^ Tan Tin Wee. "Tan Tin Wee CV". National University of Singapore. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Internet Hall of Fame honors Raymond Tomlinson, whose @ symbol defines Web life". Washington Post. April 24, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 

External links

  • Internet Hall of Fame, official website.
  • Q&As with the living inductees, from Wired, 2012.
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