Ida Holz Bard

Internet pioneer in Latin America, Uruguay


Ida Holz is a prominent engineer who was part of the first generation of university graduates trained in Computer Engineering in Uruguay and was a pioneer in building the human network that later allowed Internet development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2013 Ida Holz was inducted by the Internet Society (ISOC) into the Internet Hall of Fame.

Starting in 1987, Ida Holz was in charge of the Central Computer Service at the University of the Republic in Uruguay, where she led the creation of the Uruguayan Academic Network and its connection to the Internet back in the early 90s. The distinguished scientist has played a critical role in ICT development and evolution in Uruguay.

Since 2005 she is a member of the Board of Directors of AGESIC (the Uruguayan Agency for the Information Society), where she had an important part in the success of "Plan Ceibal", the Uruguayan version of the "One laptop per child" program.

Ida Holz's most relevant contributions have been at regional level. During the early 90s, she was part of a group of regional Internet pioneers whose collaborative efforts in search of critical mass and cooperation made possible the development of the first national networks that served as the basis for the development of what is now the Internet in Latin America.

She was also part of the region's major organizational initiatives. She played a leading role in the construction of the Latin American Network Forum, the Internet Address Registry for Latin America and Caribbean (LACNIC), the organization of Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs (LACTLD), and the Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks (RedCLARA).