On May 26, 2010, comedian Dana Carvey and VeriSign hosted a celebration of the impact 25 years of Internet innovation has had on our society.
The 25 Years of .com Gala was a chance for pioneers of the Internet to come together to celebrate the ".com 25". Scott McNealy, Co-Founder, Sun Microsystems and one of the honorees, introduced a video honoring the .com25. Selected by a distinguished panel of some of Silicon Valley's most important observers, the .com 25 honored the remarkable innovators, entrepreneurs and companies whose inspiring contributions were fundamental in shaping the Internet and, thereby, forever changing the way we think and act as individuals and as a society.
Also honored at the event were the Internet’s domain pioneers. Without these registrars, the Internet might be unsearchable, but they bring order to the chaos. Presented by Mark McLaughlin, President and CEO, VeriSign, 10 registrars took the stage to receive the pioneer award.
Not just looking back, but forward as well, VeriSign unveiled details of four $75,000 research grants designed to assist those with the promise to shape the next 25 years of .com through improvements to Internet security, infrastructure, applications or internationalization. Announced by Peter Dengate-Thrush, ICANN Chairman, these grants will be awarded later in the year to qualified participants, including academics, researchers and non-profit organizations.
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.com would not be what it is today without our Domain Pioneers. These companies have been integral in providing the access to .com for more than 86 million .com domain names registered today. Check out the Innovation Interviews by clicking “more” and hear in their own words how the internet has impacted these Domain Pioneer CEOs.
We have assembled an expert panel of judges from the worlds of business, media, academics and policy to create a list of our 75 honorees.
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