“Former Vice President Al Gore (D) is among the inaugural inductees in the Internet Hall of Fame,” Mark Memmott reports for NPR.

“He’s been lauded by the Internet Society for being “a key proponent [as a senator and vice president] of sponsoring legislation that funded the expansion of and greater public access to the Internet,’” Memmott reports. “In an interview [in 1999] with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, according to a transcript posted by the cable news network, Gore said that ‘during my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.’”

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MacDailyNews Note: The full list of inductees

• Paul Baran
• Vint Cerf
• Danny Cohen
• Steve Crocker
• Donald Davies
• Elizabeth Feinler
• Charles Herzfeld
• Robert Kahn
• Peter Kirstein
• Leonard Kleinrock
• John Klensin
• Jon Postel
• Louis Pouzin
• Lawrence Roberts

Global Connectors:
• Randy Bush
• Kilnam Chon
• Al Gore
• Nancy Hafkin
• Geoff Huston
• Brewster Kahle
• Daniel Karrenberg
• Toru Takahashi
• Tan Tin Wee

• Mitchell Baker
• Tim Berners-Lee
• Robert Cailliau
• Van Jacobson
• Larry Landweber
• Paul Mockapetris
• Craig Newmark
• Raymond Tomlinson
• Linus Torvalds
• Philip Zimmermann