THE INTERNET SOCIETY has announced its latest round of Hall of Fame inductees that includes a rich mix of engineering talent, evangelists and activists.
Among those honoured are Bob Metcalfe, David Clark, David Farber, Richard Stallman, Marc Andreessen, Aaron Swartz and Jimmy Wales.
The Internet Society has listed 32 individuals to be inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. The organisation has split the list into Pioneers, Connectors and Innovators, which has meant that a number of internet freedom activists have been selected including Richard Stallman, Aaron Swartz and Jimmy Wales.
A number of engineers made the list including Bob Metcalfe, best known for his work on the Ethernet standard, and David Clark and David Farber for network architecture design. Software designer turned investor Marc Andreessen is also honoured for his work on the Mosaic web browser that eventually turned into Netscape.
Engineers like Metcalfe, Clark and Farber were always expected to make the list, given their fundamental work on ARPAnet and its supporting technologies, but that the Internet Society choose to honour activists shows that the users of the internet are just as important as those that made the service possible.
Aaron Swartz was recognised in the mainstream media following his tragic suicide, but his activism made him a hero to many people long before he achieved notoriety. Richard Stallman's dedication to digital rights, arguably best exemplified in the GNU project and the Free Software Foundation, has made him a legendary figure within the information technology industry.
Other inductees include Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow, FCC CTO and SIP co-author Henning Schulzrinne and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
Lynn St. Amour, CEO and president of the Internet Society said, "This year's inductees represent a group of people as diverse and dynamic as the internet itself. As some of the world's leading thinkers, these individuals have pushed the boundaries of technological and social innovation to connect the world and make it a better place."
The Internet Society has published the full list of inductees and the ceremony will be held in Berlin on 3 August. µ