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Founder FI-PPP participant NLnet enters Internet Hall of Fame

In the press: 03/08/2013

Teus Hagen, one of the founders of NLnet, was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame on 3 August 2013. During a ceremony in Berlin, Germany, the Internet Society honoured 32 individuals for their ground-breaking contributions to the global Internet. After an initial group was selected into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012, the 2013 inductees are the second group of innovators to receive this honour. The 2013 inductees comprise some of the world’s most influential engineers, activists, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Mr. Hagen is joined by well-known Internet innovators such as Mark Andreessen (Mosaic, Netscape), Bob Metcalfe (Ethernet, 3Com), Richard Stallman (Free Software Foundation), Aaron Swartz (RSS, Reddit) , and Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia).

Teus Hagen initiated the Dutch Unix User Group (NLUUG) and the European Unix User Group (EUUG, later called EURopen) and chaired it from 1980 to 1989. In that role, he started the European Unix Network (EUnet) in 1982 as the EUUG dial-up service. EUnet was the first public wide area network, serving four initial "backbones". By 1989, the EUnet had grown to include 1,000 sites in 21 countries. Later, Mr. Hagen chaired the NLnet Foundation until 2008, and helped NLnet become the first Dutch Internet Service Provider. NLnet funds free Internet research and development. Hagen was recognized by NLUUG and Usenix for his Open Source contributions.

About the Internet Hall of Fame
The Internet Hall of Fame is an annual awards program that has been established by the Internet Society to publicly recognize a distinguished and select group of leaders and luminaries who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the global open Internet. More information on the program can be found at www.internethalloffame.org.

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