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Field General of the Protocol Wars

September 25, 2013

In July 1983 in Oslo, a dozen computer scientists sat discussing how to interconnect the isolated academic and research networks then operating in the U.S. and Europe. Francois Flückiger was there representing CERN, the European Nuclear Research Agency.


Aaron Swartz Joins Terra Cotta Archivists

September 10, 2013

2012 Internet Hall of Fame inductee Brewster Kahle, the founder of the Internet Archive, recently commissioned California sculptor Nuala Creed to create a terra cotta sculpture of Aaron Swartz, who was posthumously inducted into the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame in August.


Aaron Swartz: An Open Source Life

September 10, 2013

“Aaron is one of us.”

That’s how Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle feels about his fellow Internet Hall of Fame inductee, Aaron Swartz.

Note: Not, “was” one of us, but “is” one of us. Even though Aaron had been gone for half a year at the time Kahle spoke these words.


Katie Hafner on Books

September 9, 2013

Advisory Board member Katie Hafner and author of “Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet,” has been writing about technology since 1983. We talked with her recently about books and her newest novel “Mother Daughter Me.”


Internet Hall of Fame by the Numbers

August 29, 2013

Things you may not know about the Internet Hall of Fame: a total of 65 people, spanning 17 countries, have been inducted in the two years since its creation. Among the inductees: an Oscar winner and Nobel Peace Prize winner, two ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients, five recipients of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, and nine women – and that’s not everything.

Asia Pacific Selected for 2014 Internet Hall of Fame

Internet Society announces Asia Pacific selected for 2014 event

Nominations open October 1, 2013


Historic First Email From U.S. to Germany Arrives in 1984

July 29, 2013

It was Aug. 3, 1984, when the very first email arrived in Germany.  “Willkommen to CSNET,” it began.  Direct, efficient … and historic.

The message simply listed for the staff at the University of Karlsruhe the information they’d need to fulfill their contract with the U.S.-based Computer Science Network (CSNET). It was an anticlimactic culmination of years of work by Werner Zorn, who headed the informatics computing center at U of K.

Four Ways to Watch the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony; Register to Attend in Person!

Media Alert

The 2013 Internet Hall of Fame inductees, which were announced on 26 June, will be formally honored in a ceremony in Berlin, Germany on 3 August.  The 2013 ceremony, which will recognize inductees in one of three categories (Pioneers, Global Connectors, and Innovators), can be watched in one of four ways: