At the Smarter Internet Forum in Philadelphia PA, today, Golden Frog co-founder Ron Yokubaitis received an award for Internet Community Leadership.
Ron Yokubaitis is a digital pioneer – an entrepreneur that has been fighting since the birth of the commercial Internet to make sure that it stays free and open. When i2Coalition was created to speak for the Internet’s infrastructure, we stepped into a field where one bold, strong voice already existed, and that was Ron. I am proud to make him the first recipient of i2Coalition’s award for Internet Community Leadership.
– i2Coalition Founder and Executive Director, Christian Dawson
This award recognizes the groundbreaking work Ron has done for the Internet, starting back in 1994 when he and his wife Carolyn co-founded Texas.net – one of the first 50 ISPs in the United States. Their Internet businesses have grown to include several more companies since then, including Giganews, Data Foundry and Golden Frog. Ron continues to lead the fight for a Free and Open Internet, as well as an Internet that respects user privacy and security. These efforts go beyond creating products, as Ron leads a charge for change in United States policy, often traveling to DC, advocating for the issues and working with many organizations including I2Coalition.
Live at the conference this morning, the i2Coalition shared some exciting news – this award will be named after Ron and known as the Ron Yokubaitis Award for Internet Community Leadership in years to come! Congratulations to our Co-Founder and Co-CEO Ron Yokubaitis on this exciting accomplishment!
About the Smarter Internet Forum
i2C’s Smarter Internet Forum provides i2Coalition Members with access to exclusive panels, in person working group meetings, a happy hour and more! i2Coalition members will also have guest members status at all M3AAWG panels and events. The Smarter Internet Forum is in conjunction with the M3AAWG (Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group) 37th General Meeting in Philadelphia as part of the i2Coalition’s ongoing partnership with the industry group. Learn more on the official website.