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Paul Vixie, Internet Sheriff

February 3, 2015

Internet Hall of Famer Paul Vixie has a startling take on the people who created the Internet: They were “just a bunch of young rebels who didn’t like the phone company monopoly. They thought they could come up with a better way to communicate – and have fun doing it. For most of us, the Internet we know today was not even a gleam in our eyes. It was just a rebellion, really.”

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A Video Everyone Should See

February 2, 2015

Check out this brief, fun video that wraps up about 40 years of Internet history in just a few minutes -- and does so in an unhurried, understandable way. It manages to explain the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web, which still confuses a lot of people, and walks viewers through milestones like the invention of packet-switching and the advent of browsers. 

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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?

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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.”

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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.

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“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?

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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.

 

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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.