Celebrating the visionaries and innovators who were instrumental in shaping today's internet and expanding its global connectivity

The Internet Society has announced the names of 24 individuals who have been selected for induction into the 2014 Internet Hall of Fame. Representing 13 countries, the 2014 class of inductees created new technologies and standards that were foundational to the Internet’s development and expansion, pushing the boundaries of technological and social innovation to connect the world. See the full list of inductees here


Two of these inductees are GÉANT project participants and have been recognised as Global Connectors, a category which recognises and celebrates individuals from around the world who have made major contributions to the growth, connectivity, and use of the internet, either on a global scale or within a specific region or community.

Both have joined the elite ranks of notable individuals who have been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for their significant contributions to the advancement of the global Internet. The Internet Hall of Fame inducted Davies for his contribution to the development of Europe’s high-capacity internet for research and education.

Significant contribution to the internet today

Davies was responsible for the development of the pan-European research internet from 1991, which has grown beyond recognition to become the GÉANT network, which is changing the face of scientific discovery today.

GÉANT is the world’s most advanced high-capacity data network and supports 50 million people across Europe with speeds of up to 500G. Almost all collaborative science projects working to solve humankind’s biggest challenges - from health, the sustainable production of food and energy, and the protection of the environment - rely on the network and its European NREN partners.

A leader in global Internet development

Huizer has contributed to the internet's ongoing development in various leading international positions. He served as area director of the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet standardisation body responsible for the development and standardisation of internet applications such as the WWW. He has also been a member of the Internet Architecture Board, which draws up general guidelines on Internet architecture, and chairman of the Internet Research Task Force, an organisation dedicated to long-term research about the internet. He currently serves as a board member at the Public Interest Registry (.org) and a member of the ICANN Internet Governance Strategy panel.

“The 2014 Internet Hall of Fame inductees include extraordinary individuals who have helped shape the global internet,” noted Internet Society CEO Kathy Brown. “This historic assembly of internet trailblazers, innovators, and thought-leaders represent many different countries and backgrounds, each with an inspiring story to share. We applaud their achievements and determination to push the boundaries of technological and social innovation to connect the world.”