Saturday, 28 Nov 2020
GENERAL
18/11/2020 12:09 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 -- Global non-profit organisation, the Internet Society has presented the prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award to Onno W. Purbo for sustained and substantial technical contributions, leadership and service to the global Internet community.

Known as ‘Indonesia’s Internet Liberator’, Purbo is a prolific and well-published Internet advocate who has played a key role in democratising Internet access, making it more affordable especially in Indonesia’s rural areas.

“Purbo’s contribution to the digital sector is invaluable and this award marks what he has achieved and inspired others to achieve,” said Minister of Communication and Information Technology for Indonesia, Johnny Plate.

Of his many achievements, Purbo is best known for pioneering the Internet in Indonesia through sophisticated use of wireless and Voice over Internet Protocol technologies, according to a statement.

Named in honour of the technical community legend, Jonathan Postel, this award recognises extraordinary people who have committed themselves to the technological development, growth, and strength of the Internet.

Currently in its 21st year, the Postel Award was established in 1999 by the Internet Society to honour individuals and organisations that embody the spirit of Jonathan Postel through their work.

Internet Society President and Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Sullivan will present the award, which includes a US$20,000 honorarium and a crystal engraved globe, during a virtual ceremony as part of the five- day 109th Internet Engineering Task Force Meeting, ending Nov 20. (US$1 = RM4.10)

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