I’d say I was humbled by this, but I usually reserve that for when my car’s been towed. I’m very deeply honored, surprised, and gratified. I am a member of another hall of fame, which is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and let me tell you there’s a lot more narcissism involved. And one of the things I really love about this is that I’m looking at people whose ideas were the important thing. And who knew that. And who knew the elegant solution when they saw it. And caused it to be born.
And I’m grateful to all of you because you know, I care a lot about the architecture of the Internet. You can’t endow liberty in the absence of the ability to take it away. And so it has to be part of the architecture. And each and every one of you has been an enormous part of creating a system that is difficult to shut up. And I am very profoundly grateful to you for all of that.
And finally I want to accept this also on behalf of some people that I hope are one day members of the Internet Hall of Fame. And they are Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and Julian Assange. Thank you.
John Perry Barlow profile, Internet Hall of Fame 2013