Application Development: The Internet Hall of Fame Part 2: They Built the World Wide Web
The Internet Society named 33 Hall of Fame inductees last month, grouped as Pioneers, Innovators and Global Connectors, who helped make the Internet what it is today. Launched 20 years ago by Vint Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the Internet, the Internet Society has the mission to keep the network open and free. The first 33 Internet Hall of Famers were inducted at the Internet Society's Global INET 2012 conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 23. Commenting on the 2012 Internet Hall of Fame inductees, Internet Society President and CEO Lynn St. Amour said, "This historic assembly of Internet visionaries, innovators and leaders represents an extraordinary breadth of vision and work. While the inductees have extremely diverse backgrounds and represent many different countries, each individual has an incredible passion for their work. The 2012 Internet Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments and advancements of 33 talented people who have made significant contributions to the design, development and expansion of the Internet." In Part 1, eWEEK listed a series of Internet Pioneers and Innovators; in Part 2, we list several Innovators and Global Connectors, including founder Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the basic infrastructure of the World Wide Web while at CERN.
The Innovators nomination category recognizes individuals who made outstanding technological, commercial, or policy advances and helped to expand the Internet's reach. The Internet Society honored Mitchell Baker, Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Cailliau, Van Jacobson, Lawrence Landweber, Paul Mockapetris, Craig Newmark, Raymond Tomlinson, Linus Torvalds and Philip Zimmermann for their work advancing the global Internet.