2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: Paul Vixie

When I con­tem­plate how do we get to the best pos­si­ble future of the Internet,” I am think­ing more in terms of inac­tion than action. I would like to encour­age delib­er­ate inac­tion in the form of keep­ing hands-off. I would like large com­pa­nies or nation­al gov­ern­ments to look at the Internet and say This is pret­ty cool, and if we put our hands on it and try to make it what is gonna be best for us in our life­times, it’s going to cause every­one else to do likewise.”

Kimberly Claffy’s Internet Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Speech

So many pre­vi­ous awardees have spo­ken of the mag­ic sauce of the Internet. The oppo­site of secret sauce, I guess, because they all use the word open.” Open stan­dards, open archi­tec­ture, open source. They said this open­ness is what made the Internet the Internet. Which sounds most­ly right, although not much like how we expe­ri­ence the Internet today. 

Paul Vixie’s Internet Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Speech

I spent the first half, let’s say fif­teen years of a career, try­ing to make com­mu­ni­ca­tions eas­i­er. And I thought that was a cool thing; I thought that would be great. I’ve spent rough­ly the sec­ond half, anoth­er fif­teen years, try­ing to make com­mu­ni­ca­tion hard­er, or at least more selec­tive and safer