Al Gore in ‘Internet Hall of Fame’


(Bob Andres, AJC)

Former Vice President Al Gore caught a lot of heat when, in 1999, he famously boasted to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

“Really?” was the collective reaction of many, since the Internet’s start was traced to research years earlier.

Gore hasn’t been able to completely escape the ridicule that followed the overstatement. But that may be changing now that his contributions to the expansion of the “Information Superhighway” will be recognized by those who are in a position to know his impact.

Gore, among others, will be one of the first inductees into the “Internet Hall of Fame”, it was announced at the Internet Society’s Global INET 2012 conference in Geneva, Switzerland, this week.

The Hall of Fame “celebrates the Net’s early geniuses, game-changers, and various people who helped to fund, evangelize, and incubate the global information network used by billions,” said in a nutshell.

Gore, a former U.S. senator from Tennessee, is being recognized for pushing legislation that funded expansion of the Internet to put it within reach of millions of Americans.

Specifically, the Internet Society said:

Gore was the first politician to grasp the potential of the Internet. Gore wrote the High Performance Computing and Communications Act that passed in 1991 which helped spread the net beyond computer science professionals by providing key funding to Internet projects, including the groundbreaking Mosaic browser which led to the dot-com boom.

Even former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich gave him credit in a 2000 speech to the American Political Science Association:

“In all fairness, it’s something Gore had worked on a long time. Gore is not the Father of the Internet, but in all fairness, Gore is the person who, in the Congress, most systematically worked to make sure that we got to an Internet.”

Gore falls under the society’s Hall of Fame’s category of “Global Connectors.” The other two categories are “Pioneers” and “Innovators.”

Here is a complete list of the inductees.

12 comments Add your comment


April 24th, 2012
8:42 pm

Doug Markham

April 24th, 2012
9:22 pm

Al Gore was as a young man well aware of technology and the changing world. He never said he “invented the internet.” That was a creation of propaganda style politics that turn so many of us off. But, it worked, and still does, for those willing to take what is fed to them hook, line, and sinker. And maybe you’ve noticed the change in the weather, too. Gore was only the messenger, but a very bright one. Congrats to him.

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

April 24th, 2012
9:40 pm

Bright, Buba Gump says Stupid is as stupid does! Bright messenger-What A Tool!

You Can’t Fix Stupid!


April 24th, 2012
9:44 pm

I thought Obama invented the internet.


April 24th, 2012
9:49 pm

Oh yeah . . . Gore is well beyond his time . . . What a sage . . .


April 24th, 2012
10:02 pm

Doug Markham,
You are so funny! Algore is the root for Algorithm. This terms means unsure, ever changing and uncertain. This man is much like his name. You Liberals, Progressives, Socialists are so predictable in your answers. The only people who don’t know what you are going to say is your fellow Democrats. Thanks for confirming your complete and total lack of education. By the way, public education only teaches you how to be a good subject for the Government. Keep drinking the cool-aid and we’ll keep mocking and ridiculing you! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


April 24th, 2012
10:54 pm

Sorry Gdwag – you may not like him, but what Doug states is true. Gore was on top of this early. Funny how Al, since his presidential bid, has been painted as far left. Go check his record in the Senate – serious arms hawk – he helped with ICBM legislation while in the House; staunch defender of Israel; a a major free-trader – all big Republican values….and you can look it up on this crazy internet thing….

Lakeisha Jackson

April 24th, 2012
11:09 pm

Now if we can just get Al his Pulitzer Prize for being the inspiration behind “Love Story”, he’d be all set.

Independent voter

April 25th, 2012
10:39 am

He does not ” walk the walk ‘.. his Huge home and pool co$ts $10,000/ month in utilites

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April 26th, 2012
11:21 am

Two words for this for a man ahead of his time: Deserved and Vindication.

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