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Professor Beats Daunting Odds, Upheaval to Link Thailand to Internet

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Olympic divers get extra points for taking on a tougher degree of difficulty. If that standard were applied to computer networking, Dr. Kanchana Kanchanasut, the modest professor whose efforts in the mid-1980s led to the connection of Thailand to the Internet, would be a gold medalist. Over the...

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Field General of the Protocol Wars

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In July 1983 in Oslo, a dozen computer scientists sat discussing how to interconnect the isolated academic and research networks then operating in the U.S. and Europe. Francois Flückiger was there representing CERN, the European Nuclear Research Agency....

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Aaron Swartz: An Open Source Life

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“Aaron is one of us.” That’s how Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle feels about his fellow Internet Hall of Fame inductee, Aaron Swartz. Note: Not, “was” one of us, but “is” one of us. Even though Aaron had been gone for half a year at the time...

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Historic First Email From U.S. to Germany Arrives in 1984

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It was Aug. 3, 1984, when the very first email arrived in Germany.  “Willkommen to CSNET,” it began.  Direct, efficient … and historic. The message simply listed for the staff at the University of Karlsruhe the information they’d need to fulfill their contract with the U.S.-based Computer Science...

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Wired 2012 Editorial Series Results in 31 Inductee Interviews

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In April 2012, shortly after the inaugural induction of over 30 Internet luminaries into of the Internet Hall of Fame, Wired launched a special editorial series to cover the event. The result: A collection of 31 exclusive interviews that capture each inductee’s historic contribution to the Internet...

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Say Bonjour to the Internet’s Long-Lost French Uncle

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The Internet was built on TCP/IP, networking protocols originally created by American computer scientists Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn. But Cerf and Kahn were building on the work of Louis Pouzin. In the early 1970s, working as a researcher for the French government,...

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How the Queen of England Beat Everyone to the Internet

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Peter Kirstein is the man who put the Queen of England on the Internet in 1976. That’s Her Majesty in the photo, and if the year isn’t immediately obvious from the computer terminal she’s typing on — or from her attire — you can find it on the wall, just to her left, printed on one of the signs...

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How Joe Biden Accidentally Helped Us All E-Mail in Private

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In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Phil Zimmermann was a Colorado peacenik with a half-written program that he swore would one day let people exchange messages without Big Brother peering inside. The problem was, with a freelance job and two kids,...

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Who Built the Internet? People Like Tan Tin Wee

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The internet wasn’t built by money-hungry American corporations and Silicon Valley startups. It was built by a worldwide community of government researchers and academics who were primarily interested in spreading the benefits of computer networking to as many people as possible. It was built by...

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The Legacy of Linus Torvalds: Linux, Git, and One Giant Flamethrower

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Linus Torvalds created Linux, which now runs vast swathes of the Internet, including Google and Facebook. And he invented Git, software that’s now used by developers across the net to build new applications of all kinds. But that’s not all Torvalds has given the Internet. He’s also started some...

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