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February 12, 2020 | 0 comments

Traveling scholars can thank Klaas Wierenga for making their research efforts a little easier while on the road.  

A 2019 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, Wierenga developed eduroam, a free, secure, international wi-fi roaming service for academic and research communities that is available in more than 100 countries worldwide. 

In a recent interview with Geant’s Connect Online, Wierenga explained how eduroam facilitated greater collaboration among universities and their neighboring communities. 

The best thing is that eduroam is a grassroots movement where every university builds and makes its own infrastructure available to be accessible to the community. In this way everyone benefits. Of course, in the early days it was difficult to persuade them to offer their infrastructure because there were so few universities taking part and the investment in time and resources was hard to...

February 9, 2020 | 0 comments

A 2017 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, Shigeki Goto did not quite expect the Internet to become so ubiquitous.

The current president of Japan’s National Internet Registry, Shigeki Goto helped develop the network in the mid 1980s after a stint at Stanford University. The registry in turn led to the formation of the Asia Pacific Network Information Center, a nonprofit address registry for more than two dozen countries along the Pacific Rim.

In an exclusive interview with the Internet Hall of Fame, Goto said he was very happy with the role the Internet has played in bringing people together over the years. 

“It’s just connecting devices physically,” he said. “However, it’s also connecting people. The Internet is a very good tool and it’s now an essential part of human society.”

 

January 20, 2020 | 0 comments
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 censorship efforts, the Contract for the Web is a set of nine core principles designed to facilitate user access while respecting personal data. 

Still in its early stages, the initiative has received support from more than 150 companies and non-profit organizations, including Microsoft, Google, DuckDuckGo, Facebook and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

In a recent interview, Berners-Lee acknowledged the power of the web’s less than benign forces prompted him to take action. 

“It’s not that we need a 10-year plan for the web, we need to turn the web around now,” he said.  

January 9, 2020 | 0 comments

2012 Internet Hall of Fame inductee Peter Kirstein, who started the first European ARPANET node with transatlantic IP connectivity, died on Wednesday at his home in London, according to the New York Times. He was 86.

Professor Kirstein, often recognized as the “father of the European Internet” for this work, established that node with his research group at the University of London in 1973.

Because of this, he is also widely recognized for forging a cultural milestone in British history when he put Queen Elizabeth on the Internet three years later and enabled her to become one of the first heads of state to send an email. Indeed, he was responsible for choosing her user name, HME2, short for “Her Majesty, Elizabeth II.”

But his contributions to the growth of the Internet in Europe went far beyond royalty. Professor Kirstein embraced TCP/IP protocols in his London research lab at a time when competing protocols were being promoted by international standards groups.

Professor Kirstein’s adoption of TCP/IP was significant to the way the Internet has developed. The competing protocols were backed by European governments, telephone monopolies and other corporate interests. ...

December 26, 2019 | 0 comments

A 2019 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame fully expects web giants to be part of the campaign trail in the next election cycle. 

Larry Irving was Assistant Secretary of Commerce during President Clinton’s administration and is one of the architects of the United States’ early domestic and foreign Internet policies. He is also the author of the first empirical study that proved the existence of the digital divide.              

In a recent interview on the Fox Business Channel, Irving pointed out how the Internet’s rapid growth has led to the massive expansion of web-based companies like Amazon and Facebook that have a presence across multiple platforms. That wide reach has drawn lawmakers’ attention and as he noted, will be a campaign trail topic in 2020.  

“This is not going to go away, no matter who is president and no matter what congress looks like,” Irving said. “On both sides of the aisle, both sides of the Hill, folks are looking at doing something about big tech.”