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 part of a regular series in honor of the 50thanniversary of the first message sent over ARPAnet, Roush notes that just as it was difficult at best for the early tech pioneers to predict the first 50 years of the Internet, it would be equally difficult for anyone to try to predict what the next 50 years will bring.
Considered the forerunner to the modern Internet, ARPAnet was an academic network funded by the U.S. military that established the basic transmission protocols still used today.
“We pundits know in our hearts that we can’t speak with much authority about how the Internet will work, what its impact might be, or even whether it will still exist in the year 2069,” he writes. “But we...
The Internet Hall of Fame will once again celebrate Internet history this September when it inducts 11 more individuals who have helped to advance the Internet and made it more accessible to people around the world. The Internet Hall of Fame’s fifth inductee class will be announced at a ceremony set for 27 September in San José, Costa Rica.
“The Internet Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and expansion of the global Internet. We are excited to announce this new class of inductees, to showcase their accomplishments, and to honor their dedication and commitment to building a better Internet for everyone,” said Andrew Sullivan, President and CEO of the Internet Society.
"The Internet's evolution is a story of many, many contributions. Each of these individuals made an important contribution to that history. The Internet Society wants to be sure to tell and to preserve those stories."
The Internet Hall of Fame was launched in April 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland, in conjunction with the Internet Society’s 20th anniversary celebration and Global INET event, which brought together Internet experts and enthusiasts to discuss the Internet’s future. Since Geneva, the awards have been held in Berlin, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles. The awards ceremony will be held in Latin America for...
A gaggle of Internet Hall of Fame members will be among the tech pioneers converging on Boston next month to help observe the 50thanniversary of the first net message.
Previous Inductees Vint Cerf, Elizabeth Feinler, Radia Perlman, Leonard Kleinrock, Robert Kahn, and Bob Metcalfe are among the scheduled speakers for Net@50, scheduled to start July 16 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. The event is co-hosted by Xconomy and World Frontiers Forum.
Along with examining the challenges and opportunities facing the web, the event will honor the 50thanniversary of the first message sent via ARPAnet, the precursor to the modern Internet. It will also highlight the 30thanniversary of the establishment of the World Wide Web and that more than half of the world’s population will have Internet access by year’s end.
The Internet’s ongoing global growth continues to surprise one of China’s tech pioneers.
For the last 25 years, Jianping Wu has helped facilitate the design and development of CERNET, China’s Internet backbone and largest academic network. A 2017 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, he is currently a professor and chairman of the Department of Computer Science at Tsinghua University, and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
Although he has been a leading advocate for Chinese participation in global Internet development efforts, the continued expansion and popularity of online applications continues to catch him off guard, especially eCommerce tools.
“So many surprise applications have happened,” he said in a recent video interview. “Twenty years ago or even 10 years ago, you'd never think this would happen. I can give you an example - so many people don't bring cash or credit cards to pay. They just use cell phones to pay. It's very convenient and very useful but you'd never think...
To Ira Fuchs, the future of the Internet is bright.
A 2017 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, Fuchs is a co-founder of BITNET, a cooperative network between the City University of New York and Yale University that provided email, file transfer, and instant messaging to faculty, researchers, and students throughout the world in the early 1980s.
In a recent video interview, Fuchs marveled at the efforts of digital Natives – 20- and 30-somethings who grew up with the Internet – to use those tools to improve their communities.
“The Internet is a wonderful infrastructure,” he said. “It does permit everyone to have a voice, speak up and communicate. To see what some of these young people are doing with the Internet, the kinds of changes that they’re trying to bring to their countries…it’s absolutely inspiring.”