Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for her achievements in improving Internet security by jumpstarting the implementation of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). That protocol ensures that Web surfers can know for certain that they are visiting a secure site. But these days, Eklund Löwinder is laser-focused on the Internet’s future.
She travels widely with the goal of getting DNSSEC more universally used, and she’s seen steady progress in that area.
“There are still regions that don’t use DNSSEC – South America is one place where county-code Top Level Domains have been slow to adopt it – and many second-level domains still don’t use it,” she said recently. “It’s been an amazing struggle in some countries. But I’m optimistic that one day we will see DNSSEC universally adopted.”
Her sunny outlook also shines through when discussing the work of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which is working on using the DNS-based Authentication with Named Entities (DANE) technology with DNSSEC. She predicts that that technology will strengthen the SMTP- to-SMTP link for email users. “IETF also has announced that it will take up the fight and enact stronger encryption,” she says. “I’m hoping this becomes mandatory for all new machines and continues...
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At the Internet Hall of Fame induction ceremony in August 2013, Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder described herself as a “very, very stubborn lady,” and indeed it was stubbornness (others would call it persistence) that she believes facilitated her Hall of Fame accomplishment: guiding the implementation of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). That protocol guards against scams, increases safeguards and detects attempts to impersonate legitimate websites, enabling Internet users to be sure we are visiting a secure site.
When the DNSSEC protocol was introduced in 1999, stubbornness was definitely needed, as its acceptance was far from assured. From 1987 to 1997, Eklund Löwinder says, “Sweden was stuck with X.25. That was a requirement of the Swedish government. No one was allowed to bring in IP.”
Eklund Löwinder earned her degree in Computer Science from the University of Stockholm, and well understood the superiority of the Internet Protocol. For a number of years, she had been working for a Swedish agency responsible for all government IT procurement. “I happened to meet some people, who were working with TCP/IP, and learned a lot about it from them,” she recalls. “So I soon realized that IP was far better.” And when DNSSEC was introduced in 1999, to help assure the validity of all the domains in the Internet’s Domain Name System (...
The month that features Valentine’s Day brings lots of news-media love to the Internet Hall of Fame. Here are some of the stories we spotted about our inductees:
- Internet Hall of Famer Jimmy Wales told readers of the Washington Post why he’s decided to lead a British cellphone business that donates 10% of your monthly bill to a charity of your choice.
- Internet Hall of Famer Tim Berners-Lee (watch his typically humble acceptance speech) joined more than 100,000 others in signing petitions Feb. 11 to “Fight Back” against mass surveillance.
- Safecast, a firm that crowdsources radiation levels worldwide and that was the brainchild of Internet Hall of Fame Advisory Board alum...
In 1973, Robert Metcalfe was “the networking guy” at Xerox PARC in California, and PARC had a problem.
In Metcalfe’s building there in Palo Alto, scientists were busily carrying out their own individual activities, but they clearly needed to be connected to one another, and to the great research universities. The ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet, was in its infancy, and the trick was going to be to extend it into the building. (“Also,” he notes, “to enable us all to print on our new 500-dpi, page-per-second laser printer.”)
To 26-year-old Metcalfe, a newly-minted PhD in computer networking, making that connection was the challenge of a lifetime. He relished what he calls his “good fortune to be the first person in the world to be given the problem of connecting a roomful of computers.”
Metcalfe’s wildly successful response to that challenge was nothing less than the co-invention, with colleague David Boggs, of Ethernet – the technology for creating what eventually would come to be called local area networks (LANs) using coaxial cable.
Today, Ethernet connections are so familiar that it seems as if the technology has always been there. Only it hasn’t. PARC scientists could send out electronic packets of information, but they couldn’t get information back...