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Honoring Women in Tech

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With apologies to Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin, when it comes to web access, sisters are doing it for themselves.  In honor of the 50th anniversary of the first message sent via ARPANET, a forerunner to the modern Internet, a recent edition of ...

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How the Internet Grew Up

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For better or worse, Leonard Kleinrock admits that the Internet has grown up from its early days.  Part of the Internet Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, Kleinrock was one of the developers of ARPANET, the forerunner of the modern Internet. His laboratory at the University of California-Los Angeles...

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A New Contract for the Web

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World Wide Web founder and Internet Hall of Fame inductee Tim Berners-Lee has officially launched his attempt to bring his creation back to the people.   Created in response to a rise in hate speech and government...

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Jimmy Wales Makes Bet on Alternative Social-Networking Site

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Wikipedia, meet Facebook.  In an effort to combat the spread of fake news via social media, Wikipedia founder and Internet Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Wales has quietly launched WT:Social, a...

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Costa Rica Sets Stage for Internet Innovation

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The Internet Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony went to a new locale in 2019.  Previously hosted in Geneva, Berlin, Hong Kong and Los Angeles, this year is the first time that the awards were held in Latin America. Costa Rica was selected to organize the event in part because of the strong example...

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50 Years Ago the First Computer Talked

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When he got a computer to “talk” 50 years ago, Leonard Kleinrock did not expect it to eventually start shouting.
Part of the Internet Hall of Fame’s inaugural class,...

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The Early Internet Threatened Librarians; One Woman Changed Their Minds

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Public library users looking for a web fix can thank Jean Armour Polly.  A 2019 Internet Hall of Fame inductee, Polly was among the first librarians in the country to facilitate patrons’ Internet access....

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The Internet Optimist: Bob Metcalfe

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Fifty years of tech experience have Bob Metcalfe optimistic about the web’s future. A 2013 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, Metcalfe is the author of a 1973 memo that invented Ethernet, of which more than 1.2 billion...

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A Contract to Protect the Web

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The first draft is in on a proposed Internet user agreement from one of the web’s founders – and he wants feedback. Citing a rise in hate speech and government censorship efforts, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who helped develop the World Wide Web 30 years ago while at CERN, announced his intent in November...

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Predicting Internet's Future; Celebrating Its Past

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When ARPAnet’s founders began sending messages in 1969, they probably did not envision Pokemon Go or Grumpy Cat as part of their creation’s future.  So maintains Xconomy’s Wade Roush. Written as...

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