There are three categories of members:
- the Pioneers Circle, "individuals who were instrumental in the early design and development of the Internet;"
- Innovators, "individuals who made outstanding technological, commercial, or policy advances and helped to expand the Internet's reach;" and
- Global Connectors "individuals from around the world who have made significant contributions to the global growth and use of the Internet.
Inaugural members of the Pioneer's Circle are 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, and Lawrence Roberts.
Innovators are R Mitchell Baker, Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Cailliau, Van Jacobson, Lawrence Landweber, Paul Mockapetris, Craig Newmark, Raymond Tomlinson, Linus Torvalds and Philip Zimmermann.
Global Connectors are Randy Bush, Kilnam Chon, Al Gore, Nancy Hafkin, Geoff Huston, Brewster Kahle, Daniel Karrenberg, Toru Takahashi and Tan Tin Wee.
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