He famously claimed he “invented” it, so perhaps it’s only right that former vice-president Al Gore should be among the first inductees of the new Internet Hall of Fame.
Gore’s name was one of 33 included on a list released on Monday
at the Internet Society's Global INET 2012 conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Major League Baseball has Cooperstown, robots have their HOF in Pittsburgh and now we finally have a Hall of Fame to call our own,” the society said in releasing the names.”
Gore was named in the “Global Connecters” category for “individuals from around the world who have made significant contributions to the global growth and use of the Internet.”
The former vice-president was ridiculed after he said in 1999, “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”
While not recognizing Gore as the inventor, the Internet Society said he was “a key proponent of sponsoring legislation that funded the expansion of and greater public access to the Internet.”
It added, “Instrumental in helping to create the ‘Information Superhighway,’ Gore was one of the first government officials to recognize that the Internet’s impact could reach beyond academia to fuel educational and economic growth as well.”
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