ISOC begins search for 2017 Internet Hall of Fame inductees

The Internet Society (ISOC) has announced the call for nominations of individuals to be inducted into the 2017 Internet Hall of Fame.

Nominees need to be those who have played a major role in the development and advancement of the internet. Specifically, they need to be:

  • Pioneers who were instrumental in the internet’s advancement and evolution;
  • Innovators who made outstanding technological, commercial, regulatory or policy advances;
  • Global Connectors who contributed to the growth, connectivity, and use of the Internet on a global scale or within a specific region that resulted in global impact.

Individuals who have played an extraordinary role in the conceptualization, building, and development of the Internet in any region or country are considered for induction into one of three categories. In addition to those who have been more visible, the Internet Hall of Fame seeks nominees who have made crucial, behind-the-scenes contributions. Criteria for evaluation include:

  • Impact: The contribution has made an extraordinary impact on the development or growth of the global Internet and continues to demonstrate relevance to the internet’s ongoing advancement and evolution.
  • Influence: The contribution, relative to the internet, has significantly influenced: 1) the work of others in the field; 2) society at large; or 3) another more defined but critical audience or region.
  • Innovation: The contribution has broken new ground with original thinking/creativity that has established new paradigms, eliminated significant obstacles, or accelerated Internet advancements.
  • Reach: The contribution has significantly impacted the Internet’s reach among society at large, within key audiences or specific geographies, with global impact.

Special consideration may also be given to a nominee’s lifelong accomplishments, contributions to more than one area of the internet, and the overall benefit of his or her technological contribution to society. There is no requirement for the length of time the nominee has worked in/contributed to the industry, and nominations can be made posthumously. Individuals previously nominated must be re-nominated to be considered, and individuals cannot nominate themselves.

The nominees are reviewed and screened to ensure they meet the nomination criteria and eligibility. The Internet Hall of Fame Advisory Board, comprised of a select group of past inductees, is responsible for the final selection of inductees. The next class of inductees will be announced in September 2017.

The Internet Hall of Fame is a recognition program and virtual museum that celebrates the living history of the Internet and the individuals whose extraordinary contributions have made the Internet, its worldwide availability and use, and its transformative nature possible.  The program was launched by the ISOC in 2012 while inaugural inductees were announced on April 23, 2012 at ISOC’s Global INET conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

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