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2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: Michael Roberts

presented by Michael Roberts

There was a very tense peri­od between 1984 and 1988 when the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies were aggres­sive­ly try­ing to pro­mote their own view of where high-performance net­work­ing tech­nol­o­gy should go. And that view was found­ed in a top-down com­mand and con­trol engi­neer­ing mod­el. Those of us who were in the research uni­ver­si­ties, who felt very strong­ly that the end-to-end, loosely-connected Internet tech­nol­o­gy was the way to go in order to build a more robust and scal­able sys­tem real­ly had to fight very hard. 

2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: Michael Kende

presented by Michael Kende

In the late 90s I was work­ing for the FCC. And there was a series of merg­ers that took place between the big Internet back­bones of the time. Now a lot of them don’t exist or they were bought up, but MCI, WorldCom, UUNET, Sprint. And so I got involved in look­ing at the antitrust impli­ca­tions of those mergers.

2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: Mahabir Pun

presented by Mahabir Pun

I start­ed build­ing a wire­less net­work in my coun­try Nepal in ear­ly 2000, when the wire­less tech­nol­o­gy was just com­ing. Nobody then believed that it was pos­si­ble to build a wire­less net­work in the remote Himalayan region, and to bring Internet to the remote vil­lages where there are no roads, no telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion services.

2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: Keith Davidson

presented by Keith Davidson

I think the last big thing that hap­pened on the Internet was the release of the World Wide Web in 1993. And I think since then, while there’s been Facebooks and oth­er things, they’re just appli­ca­tions that are using the World Wide Web. So I’m not sure there’s been a next big thing since 1993.

2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: Karlheinz Brandenburg

presented by Karlheinz Brandenburg

I remem­ber a day quite some time ago—I think it must have been 2001 or so, when I was here for a con­fer­ence and I looked at the dis­play of one of these elec­tron­ics shops and I saw thir­ty dif­fer­ent brands of MP3 play­ers. So I said okay, final­ly we got the break­through, now every­body uses it.

2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: John Cioffi

presented by John Cioffi

I believe that I was induct­ed into the Internet Hall of Fame because of the area of the dig­i­tal sub­scriber lines. About twen­ty, twenty-five years ago, I did the ini­tial designs that are used every­where today—there’s about a half a bil­lion DSLs around the world—and have the basic patents, did the designs and so forth for those DSL sys­tems at that time.

2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: Jason Livingood

presented by Jason Livingood

I was very involved in the break­through and the cre­ation and the deploy­ment across the United States of a cable modem-based broad­band ser­vice. And to take a ser­vice that as a large com­pa­ny, get­ting one and a half megabits per sec­ond and spend­ing thou­sands of dol­lars per month and mak­ing that some­thing that an aver­age per­son could afford at twen­ty, thir­ty, forty dol­lars a month was transformative.

2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: Irene Misoi

presented by Irene Misoi

One thing that I guess has con­tributed to Dorcas being select­ed as an inductee is try­ing to get many more women to get into careers in com­put­ing by build­ing capac­i­ty in Africa. And this she did by start­ing an orga­ni­za­tion called AfChix Africa that has got chap­ters in more than twenty-two countries.

2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: Ir Daniel Lai

presented by Ir Daniel Lai

As the GCIO I’m respon­si­ble for three areas. One is the appli­ca­tion of IT with­in government—with the use of Internet of course. And anoth­er area is dig­i­tal inclu­sion for the whole soci­ety. And third­ly to facil­i­tate ICT devel­op­ment in Hong Kong.

2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: Hualin Qian

presented by Hualin Qian

My part for the glob­al Internet is very lit­tle. Only intro­duc­ing the Internet to China. We had fin­ished our first Internet con­nec­tion to the United States in 1994. That brought China to the Internet. 

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