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Award for Public Service in the Field of Telecommunications 2006 - David D. Clark

"For outstanding service to governmental bodies in helping them understand the Internet and its applications for the betterment of society."

David Clark is a Senior Research Scientist at the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science, where he has worked since 1973, when he received his PhD there. Since the mid 70s, Dr. Clark has been leading the development of the Internet; from 1981-1989 he acted as Chief Protocol Architect in this development, and chaired the Internet Activities Board. Recent activities include extensions to the Internet to support real-time traffic, explicit allocation of service, pricing and related economic issues, and policy issues surrounding the Internet, such as local loop deployment. New activities focus on the architecture of the Internet in the post-PC era. He has also worked on computer and communications security. Dr. Clark is chairman of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council, and has contributed to a number of studies on the societal and policy impact of computer communications.