InfoWorld Announces Top 10 Innovators in E-Business

SAN MATEO, CA – OCTOBER 6, 2000 – IDG's InfoWorld today announced the "Top 10 Innovators" in e-business, a special feature recognizing 10 technical pioneers whose vision and efforts have paved the way for the Internet and e-business.

The Top 10 Innovators feature, appearing in the Oct. 9 issue, profiles and highlights the accomplishments of 10 visionaries culled from hundreds of nominations submitted by industry peers.

Exhaustive Selection Process

A team of nearly a dozen InfoWorld editors convened over a period of several weeks to judge the nominees, relying on their own expertise and experience as well as input from InfoWorld readers. The editorial committee sought to single out individuals whose technological contributions have made it possible for companies to conduct business over the Internet. In addition to the Top 10 Innovators, the Oct. 9 issue of InfoWorld highlights five historical contributors in a "Hall of Fame," and five upcoming technology stars in "Ones to Watch."

"The select group of individuals we've named as Top 10 Innovators has helped make the Internet a secure, manageable and robust mass medium suitable for conducting business. Many in this group also have fought to keep the Internet open, nonproprietary and free," said Katherine Bull, executive producer/new media for InfoWorld. "It's hard to overstate their impact on the Internet and e-business."

The Winners

Winners of the "Top 10 Innovators in E-Business" award include:

· Apache Software Foundation — A non-profit group that supports Apache open-source software projects

· Tim Berners-Lee — Led the development of Extensible Mark-up Language (XML), the language that enables easier information exchange between

different computer systems

· Eric Brewer — Founded Inktomi, the company that developed sophisticated search engine technology used by thousands of Web sites

· James Gosling — Invented Java(TM), the programming language that allows the same software application to be executed on virtually any computer

· Jeff Hawkins — Invented the PalmPilot and advanced wireless technology

· Tim Howes — Invented Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), the standard for easing network administration and managing directory data from a

variety of sources

· Paul Mockapetris — Created the Domain Name System (DNS), the world's largest and most complex global network directory system, involved in initiating

virtually every Internet transaction

· Charles Stack — President and CEO of, a portal that allows companies to speed software development through re-usable, off-the-shelf

software components.

· Richard Stallman — Founded the GNU Project, which developed the technology at the core of Linux and advanced the concept of a free operating system

· Phil Zimmerman — Created the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) program, used to securely encrypt email and data

About InfoWorld

Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, InfoWorld Media Group publishes InfoWorld and InfoWorld, the IT newsweekly that defines technology for business, focuses on editorial coverage of key technologies, products and trends to assist IT professionals in leveraging technology for business advantage. InfoWorld's $23 million dollar dedicated multi-platform, enterprise test bed — the InfoWorld Test Center — conducts the industry's most trusted testing of technology and products as well as provides in-depth analysis and the business ROI of the technology and implementation.

InfoWorld Media Group also publishes, defining technology for business on the web, features daily technology news, product reviews, opinions, interactive discussion forums, along with e-mail newsletters and a complete archive of InfoWorld's print edition.

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