Al Gore to Finally Receive Proper Credit for Inventing the Internet

Former US Vice-President and environmental activist Al Gore speaks during an environmental summit in Guayaquil, Ecuador on March 17, 2011. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO BUENDIA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images)

The former vice-president and current head of Current TV has done a lot of things in his life, but he will mostly be remembered for his 1999 claim that he created the Internet. Appropriately, he will be one of the first inductees into the brand new Internet Hall of Fame, where he will keep company with Craig Newmark and many computer scientists, but not Matt Drudge or any cats (so far.) 

The group’s description of Gore states: “Al Gore, the 45th Vice President of the United States, was a key proponent of sponsoring legislation that funded the expansion of and greater public access to the Internet. 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.”

So let’s thank Al Gore, without whom we would not all be sitting here today, on the Internet. 

Al Gore to Finally Receive Credit for Internet