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How the Internet Grew Up

February 19, 2020
Photo by Leon Seibert on Unsplash

For better or worse, Leonard Kleinrock admits that the Internet has grown up from its early days. 

Part of the Internet Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, Kleinrock was one of the developers of ARPANET, the forerunner of the modern Internet. His laboratory at the University of California-Los Angeles hosted the first ARPANET node computer, and in October 1969, directed the network’s first transmission. 

In a recent interview on Medium, Kleinrock acknowledged that the continued rise of deep fakes, online anonymity, cyberbullying and other problematic behavior are more than just growing pains for his creation. 

“I used to say that the Internet was going through its teenage years,” Kleinrock said. “But I don’t say that anymore.”