Keio SFC Professor Jun Murai, widely regarded as the “father” of the Japanese Internet, was inducted into the 2013 class of the Internet Hall of Fame. Professor Murai is the Director of the Keio University Internet and Society Laboratory (KICIS is a project of the Laboratory) and Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies on the Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC) of Keio University.
Affectionately known internationally as the “Internet Samurai,” Professor Murai developed an inter-university computer network in 1984, the first of its kind in Japan. In 1988, he founded WIDE (Widely Integrated Distributed Environment), a Japanese university consortium, which provided the framework for Japan’s connection to the NSFNET in 1989. Professor Murai was appointed one of the nine initial directors of ICANN in 1998. He was recognized for his pioneering work in bringing the Internet to Asia with the Jon Postel Award in 2005.
Professor Murai continues to be an active and influential voice across the range of Internet policy issues in Japan and the Asia region. Most recently, he has headed up efforts within the Japanese government to strengthen its national response to the global cyber threat and is an articulate exponent of the “multistakeholder” process as a distinctive feature of Internet Governance.
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