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.”
Two Internet Hall of Fame inductees are partially responsible for the inspiration of a new exhibit honoring notable women across multiple fields.
Created by fashion technology pioneer Sylvia Heisel, the Names Dress features 3D printed names of more than 300 women from the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
“The Names Dress is a tribute to women, known and unknown, historic and contemporary, in these interconnected and evolving fields. The Dress is also an exploration of the use of sustainable materials and techniques in creating innovative textiles and garments,” Heisel said in a recent blog post.
The Names Dress is on display at Florence’s...
Although she is keenly aware that the Internet has become more complicated over the years, Tracy LaQuey Parker is hopeful that hack attempts can eventually become a thing of the past.
While at the University of Texas, Parker wrote two of the earliest best-sellers about the Internet: “The User’s Directory of Computer Networks,” a 1988 directory of academic networks around the world, and “The Internet Companion,” a guide book for users published in 1992.
The latter, the first trade book published, went on to be translated into eight languages.
The first person to successfully sue a spammer after her domain name was forged, the 2017 Internet Hall of Fame inductee said she hopes that additional cyber security training to address new complexities will help future generations of web users better safeguard their privacy.
“My hope is that we can figure out how to deal with some of the issues we’ve had, like the high profile hacking attempts. They just seem to keep happening.”