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Preserving the Internet’s “Freewheeling Spirit”

January 16, 2015

Dai Davies brought Internet connectivity to the academic and research communities of Europe and then to other regions of the world, and continues doing so today. In fact, throughout his entire career he has been expanding networks worldwide, connecting people and encouraging what he calls the Internet’s “freewheeling spirit.” So how can that spirit of creativity and open development be preserved?


Internet Hall of Fame News Highlights

December 10, 2014

We found some pretty cool stories – and photos – concerning Internet Hall of Famers who were in the news in November. In addition to providing insightful food for thought in interviews, they themselves turned up as subjects for the media far and wide. Here are a few examples.

Philip Zimmermann tells the New York Times that, once your private information  is on the Web, “You can’t put the toothpaste back into the tube.”


First ICANN President Reflects on Early Industry Collaborations

December 4, 2014

Internet Hall of Famer Michael Roberts must be feeling a great deal of satisfaction these days.

In his induction speech, he said he has an appreciation for team-building. Well, looking back on his career – not that he’s inclined to look back, but he was asked to do so during a recent conversation – it’s clear that he’s built some pretty exceptional teams himself.


“Innovation Is a Collaborative Sport”

November 14, 2014

In a recent ‘CBS This Morning’ segment, Walter Isaacson, author of “The Innovators,” which was released on October 7, 2014, discusses collaboration, and it’s important role in innovation. In his book, which focuses on the men and women who helped create the Internet and computer, he mentions 26 of our Internet Hall of Fame inductees. Can you guess which ones?


Van Houweling Talks About Working In Defiance of Abundant Skeptics

November 4, 2014

Dr. Douglas Van Houweling and his team at the University of Michigan scaled the original ARPAnet technology so that it could be used to establish today’s Internet. His project, done for the National Science Foundation and called the NSFNet, connected supercomputing centers and major research universities throughout the U.S. In this video, he describes working with “colleagues around the world,” in defiance of “abundant skeptics,” to allow the resulting Internet to grow to the absolutely necessary phenomenon it has become.



Queen Sends Out Her First Tweet

November 4, 2014

In commenting on the Queen’s first Tweet, sent on October 24, the ABC News show, "This Week with George Stephanopolus," asks if we know when she sent her first email. Hint: Internet Hall Pioneer Peter Kirstein, who took the picture featured in the piece, helped her do it after establishing the first European ARPAnet node to provide transatlantic connectivity.


Fastest Internet Connection? No Contest, Says Father of DSL

October 8, 2014

Gear heads often turn their noses up at DSL. After all, DSL data speeds are often a fraction of those offered by cable broadband suppliers. Plus, DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is delivered not over coax, but over old-fashioned copper phone lines. How quaint!

But a seemingly low-bandwidth DSL connection could actually deliver data faster than a higher-rated broadband cable connection, according to the father of DSL, Dr. John Cioffi.


In Case You’re Wondering How Far We’ve Come

October 7, 2014

Here’s a clip from a TV news program in 1981, about the possibility that news might someday come to our homes via this new development called the Internet. In that year, of course, the anchorperson could have had no idea how profound the impact of the Internet would actually be, affecting her own profession almost as much as that of the newspaper seller seen in the final shot.