Lifetime Achievement

The Lifetime Achievement Awards recognise significant lifetime achievement in shaping the Internet.

  • Lawrence Lessig

    Lawrence Lessig

    2016 Lifetime Achievement Award

    Lawyer, scholar and activist. Awarded in recognition of his outstanding scholarship and public advocacy.

  • Tim Berners-Lee

    Tim Berners-Lee

    2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

    British computer scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web

  • Stephanie Shirley

    Stephanie Shirley

    2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

    OII Founding Donor, entrepreneur, business leader and philanthropist. Awarded for her lifelong commitment to supporting the use of information technology for the public good.

  • Barry Wellman

    Barry Wellman

    2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

    Co-director of NetLab at the Faculty of Information (iSchool) of the University of Toronto. Awarded for his extraordinary record of scholarship in social network theory and Internet research.

  • John Seely Brown

    John Seely Brown

    2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

    Independent Co-Chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge, former Chief Scientific Officer at Xerox. Awarded for his outstanding contributions to our understanding of technology.

  • Professor Yochai Benkler

    Professor Yochai Benkler

    2012 Lifetime Achievement Award

    Professor at Harvard Law School. Awarded for his extraordinary contribution to the study and public understanding of the Internet and information goods.

  • Professor Manuel Castells

    Professor Manuel Castells

    2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

    Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Technology and Society, University of Southern California. Awarded for his seminal contribution to sociology and communication research.

  • Dr Vinton G. Cerf

    Dr Vinton G. Cerf

    2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

    For his extraordinary contributions to the design and management of fundamental Internet architecture.

  • Dr David Clark

    Dr David Clark

    2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

    For his intellectual and institutional contributions to the advance of the Internet.

  • Professor William Dutton

    Professor William Dutton

    2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

    For his outstanding achievements as Founding Director of the OII.

  • Professor Dame Wendy Hall

    Professor Dame Wendy Hall

    2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

    For being an outstanding academic and one of the most influential women in computer science.

  • Joi Ito

    Joi Ito

    2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

    For being one of the world’s leading advocates of Internet freedom.

  • Niklas Zennström

    Niklas Zennström

    2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

    For being one of the world’s leading advocates of Internet freedom.