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The Internet Now Has Its Own Hall of Fame

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THe official Internet Halol of Fame is now open for business, featuring Vint Cerf, Leonard Kleinrock and even Al Gore.

The Internet is getting its own Hall of Fame, and the first inductees will unsurprisingly be the fathers of the internet, and surprisingly one former U.S. Vice President among many others. A dedicated website is now live featuring inductee photographs and biographies, news, interviews, polls and more. A Q&A will also be conducted each month, the first of which features Internet Hall of Fame Pioneer Vint Cerf.

The names of the inaugural Internet Hall of Fame inductees were announced on Monday at the Internet Society’s Global INET 2012 conference in Geneva, Switzerland. The Internet Hall of Fame is an annual awards program that has been established by the Internet Society to publicly recognize a distinguished and select group of leaders and luminaries who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the global Internet.

"This historic assembly of Internet visionaries, innovators, and leaders represents an extraordinary breadth of vision and work," said Internet Society President and CEO Lynn St.Amour. "While the inductees have extremely diverse backgrounds and represent many different countries, each individual has an incredible passion for their work. We all benefit from their outstanding contributions to a global Internet, making it one of the greatest catalysts of economic and societal development of all time."

The Hall of Fame is broken into three categories: Pioneers Circle, Innovators and Global Connectors. Here are the inductees for each:

Pioneers Circle
Recognizing individuals who were instrumental in the early design and development of the Internet.

* Paul Baran
* Vint Cerf
* Danny Cohen
* Steve Crocker
* Donald Davies
* Elizabeth Feinler
* Charles Herzfeld
* Robert Kahn
* Peter Kirstein
* Leonard Kleinrock
* John Klensin
* Jon Postel
* Louis Pouzin
* Lawrence Roberts

Recognizing individuals who made outstanding technological, commercial, or policy advances and helped to expand the Internet’s reach.

* Mitchell Baker
* Tim Berners-Lee
* Robert Cailliau
* Van Jacobson
* Lawrence Landweber
* Paul Mockapetris
* Craig Newmark
* Raymond Tomlinson
* Linus Torvalds
* Philip Zimmermann

Global Connectors
Recognizing individuals from around the world who have made significant contributions to the global growth and use of the Internet.

* Randy Bush
* Kilnam Chon
* Al Gore
* Nancy Hafkin
* Geoff Huston
* Brewster Kahle
* Daniel Karrenberg
* Toru Takahashi
* Tan Tin Wee

"The Internet, which connects more than two billion people around the world today, is the result of many important contributions from creative and visionary individuals over the past several decades," said Raúl Echeberría, Chairman of the Internet Society’s Board of Trustees. "The 2012 Internet Hall of Fame celebrates the advancements of 33 talented people who have made significant contributions to the design, development, and expansion of the Internet."

To check out the new Internet Hall of Fame, head here. So far Web surfers don't need a ticket to gain entry.

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    amk-aka-Phantom , April 24, 2012 9:36 AM
    Global Connectors
    Recognizing individuals from around the world who have made significant contributions to the global growth and use of the Internet.
    * Al Gore

    Didn't he INVENT the Internet? xD
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    kuaimanganeu , April 24, 2012 10:04 AM
    I'm proud of you.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2012 10:57 AM
    THe official Internet Halol of Fame, how fast do you guys write these articles?
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    SoiledBottom , April 24, 2012 11:04 AM
    What about another category....internet porn hall of fame.

    Put an asterisk next to inductee's with fake boobs and penis enlargements because they take away from the purity of the all time greats like Linda Lovelace and John Holmes the true pioneers of the industry.
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    static1120 , April 24, 2012 11:46 AM
    "THe official Internet Halol of Fame"
    *The *hall
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    Crush3d , April 24, 2012 12:16 PM
    I actually thought it was a 'play on words' when they wrote 'Internet Halol of Fame'. Does this make me stupid? ._.
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    trumpeter1994 , April 24, 2012 12:39 PM
    OGFurious needs to be on this list...
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    ap3x , April 24, 2012 1:13 PM
    What no Al Gore.....noooo. Never would have thought.
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    byous88 , April 24, 2012 1:18 PM
    of the all time greats like Linda Lovelace and John Holmes the true pioneers of the industry.
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    leo2kp , April 24, 2012 1:23 PM
    Where is Leroy Jenkins?
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    alvine , April 24, 2012 1:37 PM
    ^i dont think viral videos count
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    eddieroolz , April 24, 2012 2:03 PM
    There should be a troll hall of fame too.
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    nforce4max , April 24, 2012 2:13 PM
    eddieroolzThere should be a troll hall of fame too.

    I think that Al Gore the fearmonger a pretty good start.
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    zak_mckraken , April 24, 2012 5:54 PM
    I think "The cup" should be included in Global Connectors.
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    gm0n3y , April 24, 2012 5:58 PM
    I thought there already was an internet hall of fame. Its called
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    phych , April 24, 2012 7:17 PM
    This guy ---> :-)
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    dreadlokz , April 25, 2012 8:43 AM
    im the 1370402609th of the list =D