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Pioneering Sri Lanka’s Connection to the World

July 11, 2017

When Gihan Dias wrote his first computer program in the late 1970s, he had never seen a computer. “I learned BASIC programming from a book, and wrote programs on paper,” he said. When he actually got to use a computer—in 1979—he knew he had found his passion.

A few years later he met the Internet, which became his career-long focus.

Dias was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014 as a Global Connector for his role in setting up and the running the academic Internet in Sri Lanka, which started with the country’s pioneering e-mail system, LEARNmail.

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A Search for the Zombie Websites of 1995

June 21, 2017

Some of the Internet’s early hot spots have not aged well. 

There are now more than a billion sites and counting on the web. By comparison, in 1995, the year that saw the launch of both Amazon and AltaVista, there were just 23,500. 

Before launching its own website, The New York Times published a “site seeing” guide to the World Wide Web in January 1995, highlighting 26 websites for online rookies to visit. 

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Bringing a New Generation into the Digital Future

June 14, 2017

In this exclusive video from the Internet Hall of Fame archives, 2014 IHOF inductee Susan Estrada describes the 1988 creation of CERFnet, one of the original regional IP networks, and talks about how she and her team built an Internet network that everyone could use. CERFnet logged a number of notable ‘firsts’ for the Internet, including the first commercial network.

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Susan Estrada on Early Networking and the Internet's Most Pressing Issues

June 6, 2017

Although Internet development and the technology industry are fields that have been historically dominated by men, there have been some exceptional women who have made their mark, including Susan Estrada.

Estrada in 1988 founded CERFnet, one of the original IP networks that serviced the academic and commercial communities in California. As executive director, she took the initial National Science Foundation funding of $2.8 million and grew the network from 25 sites to hundreds of sites. 

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Next Level Internet Means Easily Diagnosing Slowdowns, Disruptions

May 22, 2017

One of the problems with today’s Internet is the unpredictable quality of experience and the inability to really determine why that spinning wheel comes up when you are watching, for example, Netflix.

“We need to begin to find ways to link quality of experience and its impairment to the underlying causes so we can disentangle them.… That’s a question that fascinates me,” inductee David Clark said in a recent interview with the Internet Hall of Fame. “If we know what happened, we might be able to fix it.”

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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. 

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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.

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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.