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June 3, 2015 | 0 comments

The Internet is among the most powerful and influential “inventions” ever created, but what challenges does it face, how will it continue to evolve, and how will that impact our lives in the future?

On June 11, the Internet Society and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will co-host a summit entitled The Internet Age: Founders to Future, which will explore these questions and more with a distinctive panel that includes Internet Hall of Fame inductees Vint CerfMitchell Baker, and David Farber.

The summit, also featuring Sebastian Thrun, is part of the Smithsonian’s program, ‘Raise It Up! America Innovates,’ which celebrates the July opening of the museum’s new Innovation wing. The new wing will feature exhibitions and learning spaces that explore America’s desire for game-changing ideas, and include memorabilia associated with the early development of the Internet. 

“The Internet is not the invention of any...

June 2, 2015 | 0 comments

Vint Cerf and Mitchell Baker have each played a key role in the development of the global Internet: Cerf as co-creator of TCP/IP, and Baker as the creator of the Netscape software license that helped usher in the open source movement.  They will be bringing these unique perspectives with them when they participate in The Internet Age: Founders to Future, a panel being hosted on June 11 by the Internet Society and the Smithsonian’s National Museum for American History in Washington D.C.

In April of 2012, when Cerf and Baker were inducted into the very first Internet Hall of Fame, Wired....

May 5, 2015 | 1 comment

Doug Engelbart will be long and justifiably remembered as the inventor of the computer mouse, as a pioneer in the development of hypertext and for the December 9, 1968 "Mother of All Demos," the first exhibition of integrated point-and-click, windows, hypertext, hyperlinking, word processing display editing and collaborative computing nearly three decades before such cyber-environments became the norm.

But, though he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame last year, Dr. Engelbart's greatest contribution to society may not have been technological. The Internet pioneer's greatest breakthrough may be to change how we think, how we learn and innovate, and how we collaborate.

Dr. Engelbart's ideas have proved an inspiration to a wide swath of admirers and acolytes including his daughter, Christina, an assiduous guardian of her father's legacy who runs the Doug Engelbart Institute.

Then there's Adam Cheyer, co-founder of Siri (yes, that Siri) and founding member of, and...

May 5, 2015 | 0 comments

On December 9, 1968, Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart and the Augmentation Research Center at Stanford Research Institute held a 90-minute public multimedia demonstration at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. Retrospectively called ‘The Mother of All Demos,’ this marked the first time the world saw a computer mouse, hypertext linking, real-time text editing, multiple windows with flexible view control and shared-screen teleconferencing. This is a highlight of this demonstration, in which Dr. Engelbart shares these personal computing capabilities, and helps set the course for technology history:

May 4, 2015 | 0 comments

The Boston Globe interviews four of our great Internet Hall of Fame inductees to find out what's next for the Internet.