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Danny Cohen Engineered the Internet to Take Flight

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It is a bit of a surprise when Danny Cohen sits down at the table in his Palo Alto flat with nothing but a few sheets of paper, and a lovely vintage Mont Blanc fountain pen. As someone who built some of the foundational technologies we use today, you expect a flurry of gadgets to accompany a...

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Remembering Jon Postel — And the Day He Redirected the Internet

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One January day in 1998, Jon Postel emailed eight of the 12 organizations that handled the address books for the entire internet. He told them to reconfigure their computer servers so that they pulled addresses not from a government-backed operation in Herndon, Virginia, but from a machine at the...

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Meet John Klensin, Internet History’s Jack of All Trades

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What did John Klensin do for the Internet? A little bit of everything. In April, Klensin was inducted into the Internet Society’s (ISOC) Internet Hall of Fame, entering alongside such notable names as...

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Leonard Kleinrock, the TX-2 and the Seeds of the Internet

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It was 4:00 in the morning, and Leonard Kleinrock was sitting inside MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory on the outskirts of Boston, hunched in front of a massive computer system known as the TX-2. This was the early 1960s, and Kleinrock, an MIT graduate student, was designing a new means of sending...

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Larry Roberts Calls Himself the Founder of the Internet. Who Are You to Argue?

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Lawrence Roberts calls himself the founder of the Internet. And it’s hard to argue with him. In 1966, the U.S. Department of Defense hired Roberts to design the ARPAnet, a computer network that would connect various research outfits across the country. He based the network on a brand-new concept...

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How an Art Historian Helped Bring the Internet to Japan

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Building a computer network in space, as Google’s Vint Cerf has proposed, is all well and good, but Toru Takahashi wants to foster better digital communication much closer to home. “Cerf is very eager for interplanetary communication, I think some kind of inner-mind communication is what’s needed...

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Why Do We Call Them Internet Packets? His Name Was Donald Davies

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The fundamental technology underpinning the Internet is called packet-switching. And Donald Davies was the first one to call it that. In the mid-1960s, Davies was a researcher with Britain’s National Physical...

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What Do the H-Bomb and Internet Have In Common? Paul Baran

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Paul Baran set out to build a means of communication that could survive a nuclear war. And he ended up inventing the fundamental networking techniques that underpin the internet. In the early 1960s — as an engineer with the RAND Corporation, the U.S. armed-forces think tank founded in the wake of...

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Daniel Karrenberg Helped Bring the Internet to Europe; Now He Keeps It Running

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While Lawrence Landweber, Vint Cerf, and Bob Kahn were setting up America’s earliest network connections, across the Atlantic in Amsterdam, Daniel Karrenberg was building what would become Europe’s first intercontinental network. Arguably, Karrenberg’s contributions, coupled with innovations from...

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How Pacific Island Missile Tests Helped Launch the Internet

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There are a thousand stories about the origin of the Internet, each with their own starting point and their own heroes. Charles Herzfeld’s tale began in 1961 on a series of tiny islands in the South Pacific. The U.S. military was test-firing a series of ballistic missiles at the island chain, known...

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