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How the Web Got its 'Lingua Franca'

July 2, 2014

In the 1970s and early 1980s, during the nascent and internationally tangled development stages of what would become the Internet and the World Wide Web, the new TCP/IP – Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol – was thought to be a possible lingua franca, a common language that disparate computer platforms within universities, research facilities, governments and even homes could speak.

But not everyone in the fractured computer networking community was convinced of TCP/IP's viability.


Holodecks, Satellites and the Semantic Web: Five Innovators Foresee the Internet’s Future

April 24, 2014

The Internet is a moving target, constantly changing and evolving. As I contemplate its likely trajectory over the next 10 years, I hope whatever form it takes, it continues to exhibit the original values we established in its earliest years. These include the principles of ethics, trust, openness, free access, and shared content.