Thank you very much. I am very honored to receive this recognition. However, I am not sure if I deserve it. I think there are so many people that have contributed to the growth and expansion of the Internet that it is very very difficult to choose who deserves it.
For developing countries like ours, the Internet is a means of collaborating and access to knowledge all around the world alike. In this world, we accelerate the progress of our countries. In Latin America and in the Caribbean in 1991, I remember very well Stephen, who helped us so much, we started to recognize and to organize ourselves to build up regional agreements for the development of Internet.
At the onset, we had a forum of academic networks. Later we founded LACNIC, LACTLD, and also ISOC in Latin America. With the help of the European Commission in 2003, we began to build the Latin American [Cooperative of] Advanced Networks, academic, CLARA, which is connected to Europe Advanced Network, GÉANT, and to the Internet. All these organizations have enabled our countries to work collaboratively so as to foster the development in Latin America, and have allowed us to reach the development of international knowledge together. Thank you very much. Thank you.
Ida Holz profile, Internet Hall of Fame 2013