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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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Van Jacobson Denies Averting Internet Meltdown in 1980s

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All Van Jacobson wanted to do was upload a few documents to the internet. Unfortunately, it was 1985. The internet wasn’t yet called the internet. It was called the ARPAnet, and it had only recently been upgraded to the TCP/IP protocol that still underpins the internet today. Jacobson was teaching...

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Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions for the Internet

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Steve Crocker was there when the internet was born. The date was Oct. 29, 1969, and the place was the University of California, Los Angeles. Crocker was among a small group of UCLA researchers who sent the first message between the first two nodes of the ARPAnet, the U.S. Department of Defense–...

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Unrepentant Hippie and World Networker Randy Bush Enters Net’s Hall of Fame

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The network doesn’t spread itself. Humans have to do it. And Randy Bush, a longtime network engineer, has been spreading the internet around the world since the 1980s on his free time, something he considers to be an extension of the radical and progressive politics of his parents and grandparents...

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Mozilla's Mitchell Baker on Being the Alternative to Microsoft, Google and Apple

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Fourteen years ago, as a lawyer for Netscape, Mitchell Baker created the open source license that made Netscape’s code free. It was a fateful event for both Baker and the web: Baker ended up leading a small skunkworks project called Mozilla that was eventually spun out into a standalone foundation...

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In Vint Cerf's Future, Internet Packets Fall From Sky

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Vint Cerf invented the protocol that rules them all: TCP/IP. Most people have never heard of it. But it describes the fundamental architecture of the internet, and it made possible Wi-Fi,...

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