José Clastornik Receives the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

29/09/2017

A panel of international jurors selected José Clastornik as recipient of the 2017 LACNIC Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Internet development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) presented its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to noted Uruguayan engineer José Clastornik for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Clastornik received his Award within the framework of LACNIC 28 – LACNOC 2017, for his ongoing efforts to promote equitable Internet development in the region, particularly in Uruguay, the country where he heads the e-Government Agency (AGESIC).

LACNIC CEO Oscar Robles stressed that the organization is proud to present the award to a person such as Clastornik. The winner received the award with great emotion and noted that the award was not for him alone but for the country as a whole. “Uruguay has been recognized for attempting to articulate civil society, academia, the technical community and the government sector and engage them in discussion spaces and analysis networks that allow us to find common solutions that may be replicated in each country with a regional perspective,” said Clastornik.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was established by the LACNIC Board to honor those individuals who have long devoted their efforts to the development of the Information Society within the region and whose achievements have set an example for the rest of the community. The award was launched in 2009. Since then, seventeen Latin American personalities have received this honor. This recognition is also promoted to recognize those persons who have made significant contributions to the Internet community.

In 2017, Lifetime Achievement Award jurors included Ida Holz, Rodrigo de la Parra, Rafael Ibarra, Ben Petrazzini, Serby Wilson, Carolina Aguerre and Jesús Martínez.

Following an extensive process, jurors selected José Clastornik after evaluating all nominated candidates based on five criteria: impact, innovation, scope, experience and influence of their activities.

Clastornik has an extensive track record. He is currently Executive Director of AGESIC, the Uruguayan Agency for e-Government and the Information and Knowledge Society, which reports to the Uruguayan President’s Office. Working with this Agency, Clastornik has promoted policies and coordinated efforts aimed at implementing Information and Communication Technologies at public administration level.

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The impact of his work and leadership reaches multiple spheres, from national to regional and international.

Clastornik serves on the Boards of the Personal Data Protection, Access to Public Information, and Electronic Certification Agencies; the Plan Ceibal (one laptop per child and per teacher) Political Commission; the Government Contracting and Procurement Agency; the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Authorities Board, and the ICANN Government Advisory Committee. He is also President of the Coordination Bureau for eLAC, the Digital Agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean.

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