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Alexandria 2.0: One Millionaire’s Quest to Build the Biggest Library on Earth

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Here’s the problem with libraries. They catch on fire really easily. As such, they were the prized targets of the invading hordes of antiquity – the model collections of knowledge of their times, whose only fault was their inherent flammability. They were one-man, one-torch jobs. But the hordes...

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Bob Kahn, the Bread Truck, and the Internet’s First Communion

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The world’s first Internet transmission occurred on October 29, 1969. At least, that’s what some people believe. Others say the more important moment arrived eight years later, when a repurposed delivery van equipped with a wireless transmitter sent a message from San Francisco to Norway and back...

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Lawrence Landweber Helped Build Today’s Internet, Now He’s Advising Its Future

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When Lawrence Landweber created the Computer Science Network (CSNET), an intentionally open computer network that helped pave the way for the modern Internet, he knew one day its technology would be used in banking, travel, and commerce. He didn’t predict that the unsecure network he built would...

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Why Does the Net Still Work on Christmas? Paul Mockapetris

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In 1983, you could ask for your own internet address. But not after 6 p.m. California time. Or over the Christmas holiday. When the internet was still the ARPAnet — the government-funded network that connected various research outfits across the country — you couldn’t get an address without the...

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Why Craig Newmark Sits at the Top and Bottom of Craigslist

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Craig Newmark calls his recent induction into the Internet Hall of Fame for building Craigslist a “clerical error.” If it were (and it most definitely is not), there would be a certain symmetry to it. Errors, or happy accidents, have a way of finding the eccentric technologist. Newmark’s eponymous...

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Father of Australian Internet Warns of Address Crunch

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Geoff Huston, the gadfly who got Australia online, warns that address shortage could strangle the Internet. Geoff Huston was born the year television arrived in Australia. But his parents wouldn’t let him watch....

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Nancy Hafkin Brought Internet to Africa, Now She’s Tackling Tech Gender Divide

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Before Nancy Hafkin came along, Internet in Africa hardly existed. From the late 1980s until 2000, Hafkin worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the branch of the United Nations focused on economic development in all countries in Africa. While working in Ethiopia,...

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Asian Internet Traces Roots To Kilnam Chon

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Kilnam Chon brought the internet to Asia. And you’d have to say the move was successful. In South Korea — where Chon led a research team that installed the first two nodes on Asia’s first internet protocol network — broadband connections are used in over...

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Before Google and GoDaddy, There Was Elizabeth Feinler

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Before GoDaddy and Network Solutions and VeriSign, there was Elizabeth Feinler and the NIC. From 1972 to 1989, Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler ran the Network Information Center at the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California — the place that oversaw the use of internet addresses before the...

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Berners-Lee: World Finally Realizes Web Belongs to No One

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the reason you’re reading this story in a web browser, complete with hypertext and an internet address that looks like this: http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/06/sir-tim-...

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