The Webby Awards take great pride in acknowledging Dr. Robert Kahn with a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was established to recognize an individual or group of individuals who have played an integral role over time in furthering the creative, technical or professional progress of the Internet. Dr. Kahn, currently the Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), is often credited as one of the founding fathers of the Internet. He originated the idea of open architecture networking and started DARPA’s Internet program. He is a co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocols that are integral to the Web functionality and diligent work and unique version while working for DARPA in the 1970s and 1980s. In 2005, Dr.Kahn was awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civil award, for his role developing a common digital language for computers across networks. Dr. Kahn called this “Internetting” and as a result helped pave the way for the historical technological revolution that was to follow.
Honoring those who have shaped the Internet with their groundbreaking work, recognizing their influence and lasting impact on digital culture, communication and technology.