2019 Internet Hall of Fame Inductee Interviews: Douglas Comer

The hard part was that every­thing was new at the same time. There was new hard­ware. There were new pro­to­cols. There was a new imple­men­ta­tion of pro­to­cols in the oper­at­ing sys­tem. It was actu­al­ly dif­fi­cult to fig­ure out how to build pro­to­col soft­ware in the oper­at­ing sys­tems. We had new appli­ca­tions. Things that…you have to under­stand at the time peo­ple did­n’t use net­works. So every­thing was being done at the same time.

Larry Irving’s Internet Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Speech

In 1993 when we first start­ed talk­ing about the dig­i­tal divide and doing the work to define the dig­i­tal divide, there were 15 mil­lion peo­ple on this plan­et on the Internet. Today there are 4 bil­lion. A lot of peo­ple in this room did a lot of work to make that hap­pen. But we have a lot that we need to do still.

Adiel Akplogan’s Internet Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Speech

Nominated for effort and con­tri­bu­tion to sev­er­al ini­tia­tives that brought and drew the Internet in West Africa in the 90s, and also for lead­ing and nur­tur­ing the con­sen­sus approach that has helped cre­ate AFRINIC, the Internet num­ber reg­istry in Africa in 2004, I have wit­nessed over those twenty-five years how tech­nol­o­gy can change and improve peo­ple’s lives on a dai­ly basis.

Nabil Bukhalid’s Internet Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Speech

Despite all odds, with a group of friends at the uni­ver­si­ty, we were look­ing into solu­tions to break the iso­la­tion of AUB from the aca­d­e­m­ic envi­ron­ment in the US. So we start­ed to look into connectivity. 

Florencio Utreras’ Internet Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Speech

During all this time, many of you have been involved in devel­op­ing the Internet and mak­ing it the tool of many phas­es. From aca­d­e­m­ic col­lab­o­ra­tion, to busi­ness and shop­ping. From social inter­ac­tion, to democ­ra­cy pro­mo­tion. In short, to all feats of human activ­i­ty. We have gone from the pro­mo­tion of con­nec­tiv­i­ty to a connectivity-dependent soci­ety, and many could feel that the job is done.