Vint Cerf, Al Gore Among First Inductees into Internet Hall of Fame

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Wily_One

It's a travesty they left out people like Bob Metcalf (Ethernet) and Marc Andreessen (Mosaic) that made tangible contributions and inserted soft candidates like politician Gore.

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terracide

Exerpt:

Tim Berners-Lee, on 25 December 1990, with the help of Robert Cailliau and a young student at CERN, he implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet.

Vinton Cerf first developed what later became known as the internet i.e. the interconnectivity between computers world wide in 1973. The invention of the system to place information on this system was later developed by Tim Berners Lee - the World Wide Web (WWW)

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Ghok

"Perhaps the biggest surprise is Al Gore, though not for inventing the Internet. Rather, he was honored for being a "key proponent of sponsoring legislation that funded the expansion of and greater public access to the Internet.""

Well, probably because (as the link you've included explains) he never said he invented the internet. Just that he did exactly what he's being honoured for.

It shouldn't be a surprise. Unfortunately political mud slinging (and Gore's failure to call the bullshit in a timely manner) has perpetuated this myth, and lessened public knowledge on what Gore actually did do for the internet.

Which is okay, because while it might have cost him the election (and gave us George W. Bush for eight years), it is a joke that I for some reason find really funny. :)

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warptek2010

Yeah, thanks for the Internet Al. Now climb on your private jet with your billions and.... whatever.

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Biceps

Every time I discovered the Internet in Civ III, Al Gores picture would pop up and make me chuckle.

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triclops41

Now can someone finally get a hotel masseuse to release his third chakra?

I have to give it to Gore, for all his illegal fundraising, hypocrisy in oil vs green energy investments, his ways of selling an idea that he gets ever richer from while decrying when others do the same, he really did help the internet when it was but a fledgeling.

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Ghost XFX

Not me. You throw enough darts, you'll eventually hit something...

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pastorbob

Though I've never been an Al Gore fan I do remember his speech touting the benefits of the Internet and the "Information Superhighway". It got my attention and I promptly looked into how I could access this wealth of information. Wasn't easy in those days since all I had was a 9600 bps modem and a very flakey phone connection in a rural location. The noise on the lines would kick me off so often that it was hardly worth connecting. There was no IE and Netscape Navigator was in version 1.0. But how far we have come since then. My rural location now has 6 Mbps available via wireless service and I can count on one hand the number of times I have lost service in the past two years. The amount of information on the super highway has increased astronomically.

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