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Venezuela's First Connection a Result of "Sheer Luck"

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Ermanno Pietrosemoli is known as a pioneer, both for his efforts to connect Latin American to the Internet and for setting a world record for distance of a Wi-Fi signal. What many don’t know is that also brought the first data connection to Venezuela in 1996, an early achievement that he credits to...

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The Power and Peril of Search Engines

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The developer behind the world’s first online search engine sees his creation’s descendants as the Internet’s biggest strength and weakness.  While pursuing a post-graduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Alan Emtage launched Archie in 1990. Derived from “archive,” the site was basically a...

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Overcoming Chile's Disasters, Geography in Connectivity Quest

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Florencio Utreras retired last June. But that doesn’t mean he has quit trying to solve the connectivity issues facing Chile and Latin America. Among his pet projects in retirement: developing the backup needed to keep Chile connected when its many natural disasters wipe out infrastructure. With the...

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Tales from a Woman in Tech

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Radia Perlman is one the few female Internet pioneers in a field still largely dominated by men. But, whatever you do, do not call her the ‘mother of the Internet.’ And she wants to make it perfectly clear that she is not a token woman in her field. “People are very fascinated with this topic,” she...

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IoT Concerns Bring Eric Allman Out of Retirement

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In 2012, after leaving his company, Sendmail Inc., Eric Allman was supposed to retire. But after “a career of telling people to get out of my office so I could get my work done, I got lonely,” he said. So he started hanging around UC Berkeley again, going to seminars and research meetings. “At some...

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Tim Berners-Lee's Hopes for the Internet's Next Generation of Stewards

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In anticipation of the 2017 Internet Hall of Fame ceremony on September 18th in Los Angeles, we're taking a look back at ceremonies from years past to see what's inspired us.  One such moment came from Tim Berners-Lee in 2012, when he was inducted into the inaugural ...

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Internet-Based Apps for Sri Lanka’s Greater Good

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Gihan Dias is an active member of Sri Lanka’s Internet Society, but he has turned his focus away from building networks to developing Internet-based applications to advance his country. The first app, he told the Internet Hall of Fame, involves using technology to help the government meet its...

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Bringing a New Generation into the Digital Future

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In this exclusive video from the Internet Hall of Fame archives, 2014 IHOF inductee Susan Estrada describes the 1988 creation of CERFnet, one of the original regional IP networks...

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Next Level Internet Means Easily Diagnosing Slowdowns, Disruptions

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One of the problems with today’s Internet is the unpredictable quality of experience and the inability to really determine why that spinning wheel comes up when you are watching, for example, Netflix. “We need to begin to find ways to link quality of experience and its impairment to the underlying...

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Stephen Kent is Concerned about Your Internet Security

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As an early pioneer in Internet security, Stephen Kent says, he and others never envisioned the Internet would become such a key piece of infrastructure. “The range of things we were worried about was relatively small,” he said. “We were concerned about nation states intercepting communications and...

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