Prestigious award for Bath man with key to the internet
A leading figure in the computer world who has helped transform the industry has been recognised for his work.
Bath-based software entrepreneur Paul Kane has been awarded a prestigious Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Ambrose Fleming Medal achievement award.
The award is for his contribution to the computer networking industry during the last 25 years.
Mr Kane, who is a member of the University of Bath's Innovation Centre, is one of seven DNS keyholders to the internet, which means he could help restart the world wide web should a catastrophic event happen.
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His company, CommunityDNS, which is based at the Bath University Innovation Centre on Broad Quay, carries 73 per cent of the internet's navigational data.
Mr Kane was nominated for the award by Professor James Davenport from the department of computer science, and Professor Jim Norton, past president of the British Computer Society and a Bath Honorary Graduate.
He said: "I'm honoured and grateful to have my past achievements and current contributions to global internet security recognised by the IET."
Professor Davenport said: "The IET achievement medals are awarded to individuals who have made major and distinguished contributions in various sectors of engineering and technology, and no technology is more fundamental to today's society than the internet."
"Paul's role as a DNS keyholder, as well as his achievements in internet security through his company CommunityDNS, made him the perfect candidate in my eye for this award."