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José Soriano’s Internet Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Speech

It’s a great hon­or to be induct­ed in the Internet Hall of Fame. I don’t do it in my name alone. I do it for all the Peruvians who work in this net­work we built in the 90s. We learned very well the teach­ings of Randy Bush. Sometimes when he taught us tech­nol­o­gy with love, and we saw poet­ic, hip­pie, unre­pen­tant words. And we cre­at­ed with that a vision. 

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.

Jean Armour Polly’s Internet Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Speech

I’d like to focus on thank­ing the Internet soci­ety for rec­og­niz­ing the impor­tant part that pub­lic librar­i­ans have played in help­ing to grow the reach of the Internet and its use by everybody.

Steve Huter’s Internet Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Speech

I came along in the ear­ly 1990s to join the Internet devel­op­ment com­mu­ni­ty, at a time when this work was cul­ti­vat­ed by a mix of acad­e­mia, gov­ern­ment, and indus­try. And it was real­ly start­ing to flour­ish, and the growth of the Net was start­ing to explode at that point with two to three new coun­tries join­ing you know, every every month or two with their full TCP/IP connections.

Nnenna Nwakanma Keynote at Internetdagarna 2015

In Europe, there are about fifty-odd coun­tries, and about 725 mil­lion peo­ple. That’s about the pop­u­la­tion of Europe at the moment. What’s the largest coun­try in Europe in terms of pop­u­la­tion? Russia is. Russia has about 144 mil­lion, 145 mil­lion. But Nigeria has more than 170 mil­lion, and there are only about 40% of Nigerians who are connected.

Nancy Hafkin’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

About 1988, I was run­ning a region­al devel­op­ment infor­ma­tion sys­tem at the United Nations eco­nom­ic com­mis­sion for Africa in Addis Ababa. It was based on exchange of infor­ma­tion with nodes in vir­tu­al­ly every African coun­try, and it was to be based on satel­lites for the exchange of that infor­ma­tion. Unfortunately the satel­lites weren’t there.

Vint Cerf Areté Medallion Q&A Elon University 2016

We’ve already been through sev­er­al sit­u­a­tions where new tech­nolo­gies come along. The Industrial Revolution removed a large num­ber of jobs that had been done by hand, replaced them with machines. But the machines had to be built, the machines had to be oper­at­ed, the machines had to be main­tained. And the same is true in this online environment.

Equitable Internet Access Must Be Part of the Next #EdTechContract

The peo­ple who expe­ri­ence broad­er and more per­va­sive forms of social inequal­i­ty relat­ed to hous­ing, edu­ca­tion, lan­guage pro­fi­cien­cy, occu­pa­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ty and so forth, are also the ones who are most like­ly to be under-connected to the Internet.