Probably the thing that I’m most known for would be helping to evangelize the use of the Internet in public libraries. In the United States now, if you walk into a library you’ll see public computers set out and people can get free time on them. But it wasn’t always like that.
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.
A lot of these things were predicted, and we were told about them—we were warned about them. Things like loss of privacy and malevolence on the Internet and malware. We were warned, and a lot of us um, put on our rose-colored glasses and said oh well, let’s go chasing waterfalls anyway.