2013 Internet Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

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By Kelly Burke for Intellectual Property Watch

The Internet Society (ISOC) today announced the names of 32 individuals who have made significant contributions to the web for induction into the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame.

According to an ISOC press release, the inductees are categorised into three separate groups: 1) The Pioneers Circle, recognising individuals who were part of the early design and development of the internet; 2) Innovators, recognising individuals who made technological, commercial, or policy advances to expand the internet’s reach; and 3) Global Connectors, recognising individuals who have made contributions to the global growth and use of the internet.

Notable inductees include: Richard Stallman, founder of the free software movement; Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia; John Perry Barlow, founding member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; and Aaron Swartz, information activist and Reddit co-founder. Swartz, who faced felony charges for his alleged role in making Massachusetts Institute of Technology academic journal articles public, and committed suicide earlier this year.

The Internet Hall of Fame ceremony this year will be held on 3 August in Berlin. A complete list of inductees, along with biographies and photos, can be found here.

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