ICANN Resolutions » 2005-11-08 - Recognition of Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn on receiving the United States' Presidential Medal of Freedom
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Board congratulates Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn on United States' Presidential Medal of Freedom.
This decision was discussed and agreed without participation of Vint Cerf, and was approved by the ICANN Board by acclamation:
Resolved [05.90], the ICANN Board of Directors congratulates Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn for being awarded with the United States' Presidential Medal of Freedom.
We consider the award as recognition of what they, and the whole Internet community with them, have contributed in the creation and development of the Internet.
We believe the award is also a sign that the Internet has developed from a scientific project into a truly democratic, open, and all-inclusive communications tool for access to and dissemination of information. The Internet supported and continues to support freedom of speech all over the world. The Internet has also improved the way people do business, and made possible the development of e-government for provision of better administrative services to all people.
Today, the Internet gives more than a billion users access to the culture and the knowledge of the world, and keeps people connected with friends, relatives, and families. Tomorrow, thanks in part to Vint Cerf's continuing efforts, it will connect them across the reaches between planets.
The ICANN Board is honored to have Vint Cerf as a steersman through the Internet space. The Board approved the resolution by acclamation.