He may not actually be the person who created the Internet, as he is often maligned for believing to have said, but apparently Senator Al Gore’s contributions to the early days of the World Wide Web are weighty enough for an international cyber organization to believe he should be one of the first people recognized in an Internet Hall of Fame.
Gore is one of 33 individuals being honored as inaugural members of the Internet Hall of Fame, a distinction that is being unveiled at the Global INET 2012 conference in Geneva. Sponsored by the Internet Society, the Hall of Fame is recognizing everyone from political figures who made everything possible from a legal standpoint, to the actual engineers and developers who created it. Gore fits the former category.
The Internet Society praised Gore with the following description: “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.” Many people often quote Gore as saying he invented the Internet, but the actual quotation is, “I took the initiative in creating the Internet,” which is admittedly still pretty self-serving.
[via Fox News]