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"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Internet" Author Fears Internet Politicization

November 22, 2018

Ed Krol does not want to see politics get in the way of future generations of Internet innovators. 

The author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Internet,” one of the earliest non-technical Internet guidebooks, and “The Whole Internet” book series, Krol helped develop the web’s early infrastructure through the development of regional networks.

Krol, a 2017 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, said in a recent interview that he worries about the impact that Federal Communications Commission actions regarding net neutrality will have on web developers’ ability to continue pushing the bounds of modern technology.   

“One of my big fears is the politicization of the Internet,” he said. “I started out my career worrying about big business getting in the way, and now with net neutrality stuff, it’s the same thing all over: that we need to protect the ability of innovators to build an application and use the Internet in a way they see fit.”