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John Postel’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech (Posthumous)

For a long time I think we real­ly thought of him as sort of the Gandalf in the fam­i­ly. We had real­ly very lit­tle idea what he actu­al­ly did, but he was radi­at­ing kind of a qui­et, will­ful integri­ty which I think real­ly was the foun­da­tion of much of what hap­pened in his kind of shep­herd­ing of many of the­se process­es.

Tim Berners-Lee’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

People are amazed at the growth of the Web, but the growth of the Internet, that was actu­al­ly what hap­pened from zero. So the things that you guys have done from this have been the way that we have learned.

Leonard Kleinrock’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

I got to annoy you all morn­ing. So, this after­noon I’m going to tor­ture you with a lit­tle bit of poet­ry instead of dia­logue.

Robert Kahn’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

Bob couldn’t make it today. And if he could tele­port here—I mean that’s tech­nol­o­gy for the future—he would have been here this evening, but he con­tin­ues to pur­sue his vision of improv­ing con­nec­tiv­i­ty among peo­ple, and com­mu­ni­ca­tions envi­ron­ments that enable that. 

Tan Tin Wee’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

I feel so unde­serv­ing, and as they say, them more you reward the unde­serv­ing the hard­er they will work in the future. So I have a lot of work cut out for me going ahead in the future.

Vint Cerf’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

You know, I got to think­ing about—Tan Tin Wee beat me to this anal­o­gy but I’m going to use it any­way. If the ARPANET cre­at­ed atoms, then the Internet cre­at­ed mol­e­cules. And Tim Berners-Lee cre­at­ed DNA. And after that, it was just life in all its vari­a­tions. So now I final­ly fig­ured out what is it that …read the full tran­script.

John Klensin’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

When many of the peo­ple in this room were begin­ning to lay the ground­work for the net­work in the 60s, I was work­ing as a polit­i­cal sci­en­tist and wor­ry­ing about com­mu­ni­ca­tions pat­terns and how those worked.

Elizabeth Feinler’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

When I first start­ed on the Internet in 1972, I joined Doug Engelbart’s group, Augmentation Research Center, and I didn’t know exact­ly what a net­work infor­ma­tion cen­ter was but I thought we were going to be han­dling infor­ma­tion in a very dif­fer­ent way, and it was very addic­tive.

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.

Randy Bush’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

We mean well, but we also do good and we also do dam­age. Well-meaning Americans did some­thing called the Leland Initiative, which broke net­work­ing in the indige­nous net­works in ten African coun­tries and empow­ered the PTT monop­o­lies.

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