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Top 24 People Who Changed the Internet

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Can you live without Internet? Well I think most of the people will say “No”. Today we heavily depend on Internet to accomplish our daily tasks. Apart from browsing web for information and sending emails, Internet also allows us to connect people through social media, pay various bills online, watch movies online, and much more things that you can and cannot imagine. Do you know who are the people that made a big impact on the direction of the web? Here we’ve compiled a list of people that changed the Internet and revolutionized the way we live, work, learn, and play.


Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn
Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, who are both recognized as “the fathers of the Internet”. They invented the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP), the fundamental communication protocols at the heart of the Internet.

Tim Berners-Lee
Tim Berners-Lee is credited for his invention of the World Wide Web (not the Internet), making the first proposal for it in March 1989. He implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet.

Ray Tomlinson
Ray Tomlinson is a programmer who implemented an email system in 1971. It was the first system able to send mail between users on different hosts connected to the ARPANET. (Previously, mail could be sent only to others who used the same computer.) To achieve this, he used the @ sign to separate the user from their machine, which has been used in email addresses ever since.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Larry Page and Sergey Brin both are best known as the co-founder of Google. Google was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998, and its initial public offering followed on August 19, 2004. At that time Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt agreed to work together at Google for twenty years, until the year 2024.

Jerry Yang and David Filo
Jerry Yang and David Filo both are co-founders of Yahoo! They were Electrical Engineering graduate students at Stanford University when they created a website named “David and Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web”. David and Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web was a directory of other web sites, organized in a hierarchy, as opposed to a searchable index of pages. In April 1994, “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web” was renamed “Yahoo!”. The domain was created on January 18, 1995.

Bill Gates
Bill Gates is the chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen. He is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect.

Steve Jobs
Steven Jobs is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs also previously served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney.

Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg is best known for creating the social networking site Facebook, of which he is chief executive and president. It was co-founded as a private company in 2004 by Zuckerberg and classmates Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Chris Hughes while they were students at Harvard University. In 2010, Zuckerberg was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. As of 2011, his personal wealth was estimated to be $13.5 billion.

Jack Dorsey
Jack Dorsey is best known as the creator of Twitter. MIT’s Technology Review named him as an outstanding innovator under the age of 35.

Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim
The Internet’s most popular video sharing site YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who were all early employees of PayPal. Hurley had studied design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, while Chen and Karim studied computer science together at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jimmy Wales
Jimmy Wales is the co-founder of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. In 2001, with Larry Sanger and others, Wales helped launch Wikipedia, a free, open content encyclopedia that enjoyed rapid growth and popularity, and as Wikipedia’s public profile grew, he became the project’s promoter and spokesman.

Julian Assange
Julian Assange is the editor in chief of WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website and conduit for worldwide news leaks, with the stated purpose of creating open governments. Assange was a hacker in his youth, before becoming a computer programmer. He has lived in several countries and has made public appearances in many parts of the world to speak about freedom of the press, censorship and investigative journalism.

Pierre Omidyar
Pierre Omidyar is the founder/chairman of the eBay auction site. Omidyar and his wife Pam are well-known philanthropists who founded Omidyar Network in 2004 in order to expand their efforts beyond non-profits to include for-profits and public policy.

Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos is the founder, president, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and chairman of the board of Bezos, a Tau Beta Pi graduate of Princeton University, worked as a financial analyst for D. E. Shaw & Co. before founding Amazon in 1994.

Marc Andreessen
Marc Andreessen is best known as co-author of Mosaic, the first widely-used web browser, and co-founder of Netscape Communications Corporation.

Matthew Mullenweg
Matthew Mullenweg is best known for his development of Open Source web software WordPress (which is now managed by The WordPress Foundation). He founded Automattic a company based in California which provides free WordPress blog alongside he is also an Open source enthusiast being the lead developer at WordPress Foundation.

Shawn Fanning
Shawn Fanning together with his uncle John Fanning, and Sean Parker are famous for developing Napster, one of the first popular peer-to-peer (“P2P”) file sharing platforms, in 1998. The popularity of Napster was widespread and Fanning was featured on the cover of Time magazine.

Bram Cohen
Bram Cohen is best known as the author of the peer-to-peer (P2P) BitTorrent protocol, as well as the first file sharing program to use the protocol, also known as BitTorrent.

Robert Tappan Morris
Robert Tappan Morris is best known for creating the Morris Worm in 1988, considered the first computer worm on the Internet, for which he was convicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.


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