Al Gore Gets Internet Invention Award

By Deane Barker on May 5, 2005

Gore to get lifetime award for Internet: Maybe he did invent the Internet after all…

In part to “set the record straight,” they will give Gore a lifetime achievement award for three decades of contributions to the Internet, said Tiffany Shlain, the awards’ founder and chairwoman.

“It’s just one of those instances someone did amazing work for three decades as congressman, senator and vice president and it got spun around into this political mess,” Shlain said.

Actually, Vint Cerf — one of the guy’s who put together ARPANET and is arguably the actual guy who “invented the Internet” — is a little irritated at the whole “invent the Internet” controversy. His position is that Gore actually was a key piece of the whole thing, and he got a bad rap for mis-wording something one time.



  1. Al Gore sponsored the bill that allowed NSFnet to be connected to commerical networks, therefore creating one big network where there had been many. He never said “invented,” he said “created,” which I thought was apt, if very likely to be taken the wrong way.

  2. Actually, what he said was, “I took the initiative in creating the Internet.” Pretty hard to take that as anything but a politician trying to take credit for someone else’s accomplishments, and ending up with his own foot in his mouth.

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