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Internet glitterati gather at Oxford
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The glitterati of the Internet world attended a gala to celebrate ten years of Internet scholarship at Oxford University. Among the guests were the chief architects of the Internet whose pioneering work has help to create a worldwide explosion in its usage today.

Under one roof were key pioneers, responsible for changing forever the way we work, shop, bank, socialise, find information, stage protests and even find life partners in the new technological age. 

The Oxford Internet Institute (OII), founded 10 years ago, has become a major centre for the study of the dramatic societal implications of the Internet. The celebrations provided the OII with an opportunity to recognise the individuals and organisations that have shaped the development of both the Internet and the institute - and to look to the future.

OII Internet and Society Awards were presented to individuals and organisations 'who have developed the Internet for the public good in Britain'.

Vint Cerf, Google's 'chief Internet evangelist' and widely-recognised 'father of the Internet', took a lifetime award for a life 'spent in technology leadership'. He co-designed the TCP/IP protocols that underpin Internet architecture, and then went on to play a major role in many of the Internet's most significant institutions.

Commenting on his award, Vint Cerf said: 'I want to emphasise that the Internet is the result of a really gigantic global collaboration among many people, many of whom are in this room, many of whom are outside and all of whom are committed to making the Internet what it is today and what it will become in the future.'

Another award went to Manuel Castells, Research Professor at the Open University of Catalonia. He has published 45 books and hundreds of articles, including the famous trilogy The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culturewhich has been translated into 23 languages. 

Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, received an award as one of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research into web science. She was a founding director of the Web Science Research initiative, alongside Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who is credited as inventor of the world wide web, and Professor Nigel Shadbolt.

Joi Ilto, a technology activist, commentator and entrepreneur from Japan, was honoured for being one of the world's leading advocates of Internet freedom. He is on the Board of the Mozilla Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which promotes an openness and participation of the Internet.

Awards also went to Dr David Clark, Senior Research Scientist at MIT, who is recognised as Chief Protocol Architect of the Internet; and Niklas Zennström, Internet entrepreneur, who brought Skype which revolutionised voice communication and today serves almost a billion registered users.

In the publicly nominated awards category, Simon Rogers from The Guardian was named Best UK Internet Journalist for widening access to socially and politically important data. Tom Watson MP received Best UK Internet Politician, and online action group '38 Degrees' was named as Best UK Internet NGO. In just one of its campaigns, opposing the British government's sell-off of public forests , 38 degrees garnered over half a million signatures on a petition, more than 100,000 e-mails to MPs and generated public polls, national advertising campaigns and local campaign groups.

A surprise was also sprung on the founding director of the OII, Professor William Dutton, who received a lifetime achievement award from his team. He will be stepping down in October when Professor Helen Margetts will take over as the new director of the OII. Professor Dutton was recognised for his key role in building the institute, which over the last ten years has generated over £5m of research funding, established two graduate degree programmes and now plays an important role in informing policy debates about the Internet and its future.

  Dated : 03/10/11 09:20 AM
  Submitted By : Rahan
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