Jean Armour Polly aka Net-mom, a librarian from Liverpool, NY, garnered the nickname by her pioneering use of the phrase surfing the web. Polly coined the phrase in an article Surfing the INTERNET for the University of Minnesota's library bulletin in 1992.

In 1993, Jean became one of the first two women elected to the Internet Society Board of Trustees. In December 2004 Jean was appointed to the At–Large Advisory Council to ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). She holds one of three North American seats and represents the Domain Name Service concerns of Internet end-users, including families and young people. She has also served on the Board and on the Advisory Council of ICRA (Internet Content Rating Association), a group promoting content labeling of Internet resources by their authors.

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