The Internet Hall of Fame (est. 2012) is an honorary lifetime achievement award administered by the Internet Society (ISOC) in recognition of individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the Internet.

The Internet Hall of Fame inductees are a select group of visionaries, leaders, and luminaries who have played an extraordinary role in the conceptualization, building, and development of the Internet on a global scale.

If you know someone who has played an outstanding role in building and growing the Internet, we want to hear from you! Award nominations for 2023 are open. Inductees will be announced and honored at a ceremony in September.

The Internet as we know it has only emerged through the efforts of many people, in many places around the world, doing many different things.

Among them are mathematicians and engineers who conceived, planned, built, and connected the earliest networks. Then there were policymakers who invested time and provided guidance to help these networks grow. Computer scientists, programmers, and developers invented systems to provide public access. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and education experts expanded the Internet’s reach and taught people how to use it. Advocates and academics who developed ways to maintain and manage the Internet as it evolves. And security experts who have kept it safe, even as threats to it–and us–increase.

The Internet Hall of Fame was founded in 2012 by the Internet Society to recognize the role of this community. Culminating in a special ceremony held every two years, the Internet Hall of Fame honors Internet history, celebrates the pioneers behind its existence, and inspires the next generation of Internet champions.

The Internet Hall of Fame Advisory Board plays a critical role in the program’s inductee selection and long-term development. In addition to guiding the program’s growth and evolution, they screen and select nominees for induction.

Andrew Sullivan, Internet Society CEO says,  “The Internet’s evolution is a story of many, many contributions. Each of the individuals in the Internet Hall of Fame made an important contribution to that history. The Internet Society wants to be sure to tell and to preserve those stories.”




United States


An honorary lifetime achievement.



  • Individuals are eligible for nomination if they have significantly helped create, develop, or expand the global Internet. This includes individuals working in visible or behind-the-scenes roles.
  • Criteria For Evaluation
    Impact on the development or growth of the Internet that is directly related to its advancement or evolution
  • Influence
    Influence over society at large, the work of others in the field, the next generation, or another important group.
  • Reach
    Reach related to the expansion of the Internet to bridge the digital divide and enrich people’s lives with global impact or within key audiences or specific geographies.
  • Innovation
    Innovation in creating new paradigms, eliminating obstacles, or accelerating advancements for the Internet.


Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • Start by completing the nomination form. Then, you need to include three endorsement letters from three different endorsers.
  • The letters should come from people with various perspectives, both inside and outside the nominee’s geographic region and place of employment.
  • These can be current perspectives or reflect on the nominee during their Internet contribution.


Application Deadline: March 24, 2023

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