Top Most Influential women in INTERNET Evolution

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Women in internet

Many who would have inquisitive mind like me likes to more about what is going on underneath who are those people behind the scene and essentially that is why we brought this.


So many people contributed to what we called internet today having evolved under different circumstances and name. last week we brought an overview of how the internet came into existence.

It is common to see women taking serious tasks as the adage goes “what a man can do a woman can do better”. Well these women’s contribution to the history and evolution of internet cannot be overemphasized

Elizabeth Feinler

Elizabeth J. Feinler

Elizabeth J. "Jake" Feinler (born 1931) was a staff member of Doug Engelbart's Augmentation Research Center at SRI and PI for the Network Information Center (NIC) for the ARPANET and the Defense Data Network (DDN) from 1972 until 1989. In 2012, Feinler was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.


Joyce K. Reynolds

Joyce K. Reynolds of USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) served as RFC Editor, together with Bob Braden, from 1987 to 2006, and also performed the IANA function with Jon Postel until this was transferred to ICANN, and worked with ICANN in this role until 2001. She was IETF User Services Area Director and a member of the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) from 1990 to 1998. She has authored or co-authored many RFCs. In 2006, together with Bob Braden, she received the Internet Society's Postel Award in recognition of her services to the Internet.


Radia Perlman

Radia Perlman

Radia Joy Perlman (born 1951) is the software designer and network engineer who developed the spanning-tree protocol which is fundamental to the operation of network bridges. She also played an important role in the development of link-state routing protocols such as IS-IS (which had a significant influence on OSPF). In 2010 she received the ACM SIGCOMM Award "for her fundamental contributions to the Internet routing and bridging protocols that we all use and take for granted every day."


Susan Estrada

Susan Estrada is in the Internet Hall of Fame for founding CERFnet, one of the original regional IP networks, in 1988. Through her leadership and collaboration with PSInet and UUnet, Estrada helped form the interconnection enabling the first commercial Internet traffic via the Commercial Internet Exchange.

She wrote Connecting to the Internet in 1993.

She is on the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society.


Dorcas Muthoni

Dorcas Muthoni is a Kenyan an entrepreneur, computer scientist and founder of OPENWORLD LTD, a software consulting company she started at the age of 24. OPENWORLD is now a leading e-Government and Business Software Services firm in the Eastern Africa region. She received the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology's Change Agent award in 2008.



Monika Ann-Mari (Anne-Marie)

Monika Ann-Mari (Anne-Marie) Eklund Löwinder (Amel), born 26 September 1957 in Stockholm, is a Swedish Internet expert.

She is the Chief Information Security Officer at IIS, The Internet Foundation In Sweden. She also serves on the boards of internet-related organisations including the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR) and the Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute.


Eklund Löwinder has been appointed Trusted Community Representative by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). She is one of seven people who control the DNSSEC key generation for the internet root zone.


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