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Celebrating the Contributions of Robert Taylor

May 19, 2017

The tech community is mourning the loss of a pioneer who, despite leaving his fingerprints everywhere, is rarely mentioned in the history books. 

Robert Taylor died last month at his home in Woodside, California, last month at age 85 due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. 


David Clark and the Future of the Alternative Internet

May 10, 2017

David Clark is known as one of the original architects of the Internet. Someday he may also be remembered for developing the Internet of the future.

He’s already taken some key first steps, overseeing a National Science Foundation-funded project to get researchers to think more broadly into the future, and is in the final stages of a book summarizing his findings and the ideas that have been floated for an alternative Internet architecture.


Paving the Way for Today's Internet Encryption Standards

April 13, 2017

One does not have to get very far into a conversation with Stephen Kent to understand how he made it into the Internet Hall of Fame.

Ask him how it all started, and you will find his path from Loyola University in his hometown of New Orleans to the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1970s was not the result of special guidance or connections from advisors or mentors. Rather, it came through his own initiative.


Breaking Rules to Break Ground in Global Internet's Earliest Days

December 10, 2016

Teus Hagen is a self-admitted product of the “flower power culture” of the 1960s and ‘70s.

And like many early Internet pioneers from that generation, it was his willingness to challenge authority – and break some rules – that played a crucial role in development of the global network as we know it today.

For Hagen, it started when he was a student assistant in the 1970s at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the Netherlands’ national research institute for mathematics and computer science.