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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.

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Vint Cerf Ponders the Longevity of Digital Media

November 15, 2016

If you are literate in the appropriate language, you can still read what’s written in the Lascaux caves, Sumerian cuneiform tables, ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and many medieval manuscripts.

Meanwhile, their more recent successors—including photographs and modern books—are struggling to last more than a century before fading and disintegrating.

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Quartz: The Internet Has Been Quietly Rewired, and Video Is the Reason Why

October 21, 2016

The growing demand for streaming video has shifted the structure of the Internet and created an added hurdle for rural service providers in the process, according to a recent article in Quartz.com.  

Video now accounts for an estimated 70 percent of all Internet traffic, with more than 800,000 minutes of video streamed per second each day, with up to 40 percent of peak time usage attributed to Netflix alone.

Dennis Jennings Honoured with UCD Alumni Award

Dr. Dennis Jennings is one of ten distinguished winners of this year’s prestigious UCD (University College Dublin) Alumni Awards. Dr. Jennings was UCD’s first full time Director of Computing Service from 1977 to 1999, and under his leadership UCD Computer Services created the IE Domain Registry, which now functions independently as a critical national resource for all Internet users in Ireland.  

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Inductee Jun Murai Monitors Fukushima Fallout

October 19, 2016

Long a backer of the Internet’s democratic style, Internet Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Jun Murai is applying that culture – and his technical expertise – to monitoring the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.

It’s an issue that’s highly personal to him: he is a child of Hiroshima, where the United States dropped the first nuclear bomb.

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Dutch Internet Pioneer Says Internet Future-proofing Requires Organization, Collaboration

September 19, 2016

"The current Internet is not future proof," Dutch Internet pioneer and inductee Kees Neggers told the Internet Hall of Fame.

Neggers spoke plainly about the pros and cons of the modern Internet in a recent interview. Though it's hard to imagine a world without the Internet, he said, it was never designed to be the global network it has become.

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Guardian Podcast Series Explores UN Resolution Declaring Internet a Basic Human Right

August 16, 2016

The Guardian’s ‘Chips with Everything’ podcast has launched a four-part series that explores the United Nation’s July resolution that considers Internet access to be a basic human right.

The issue has been debated in the UN General Assembly going back as far as 2009, and finally passed last month as an extension of Article 19 of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.