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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.

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How One University’s Networking 'Mistake' Sparked the U.S. Internet

August 8, 2016

Thirty years ago, a visionary effort by Dr. Glenn Ricart to interconnect the computer networks of all the departments at the University of Maryland, College Park, wasn’t very well received.

It was the first time computer networks on a college campus had been “interconnected,” and while this may have sounded valuable in theory, the real-world application didn’t show as much benefit in practice as Dr. Ricart – the university’s academic chief information officer at the time – had hoped.

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US Ignite Aims to Increase and 'Democratize' Virtual Reality Access

August 8, 2016

2013 Internet Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Glenn Ricart continues his pioneering work to enable greater Internet access and development through the non-profit, US Ignite. Formed by Dr. Ricart in 2010 and announced at the White House on June 14, 2012, the organization brings together corporations, universities and federal agencies to develop applications and services designed for the next generation of the Internet.

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Four Great Sources of Internet History

July 8, 2016

In our modern, fast-paced world of e-commerce, smartphones and social media, it’s hard to imagine – or remember – life without the Internet.

In reality, it took half a century of hard work and innovation to bring the Internet about, with contributions from a global network of individuals, institutions and organizations—each with a story to tell.

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The Building of a 'Permanent Web'

July 7, 2016

Vint Cerf has been raising the alarm on a coming ‘digital dark ages’ for a while, and he now tells Wired in a recent interview that he and some of his fellow Internet pioneers are “joining with a new generation of hackers, archivists, and activists to radically reinvent core technologies that underpin the web.”

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Wikipedia Co-founder Jimmy Wales Tells Vice Why We Need a Free Internet

June 16, 2016

The editor-in-chief of Vice Impact, Katherine Keating, recently sat down with Internet Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Wales to talk about the role of civil society in "holding governments accountable for their actions and promoting individual liberties."  In a compelling Q&A, Keating asks Wales if there are times that censorship can be justified, why he initiated a Wikipedia blackout in the face of the SOPA Bill, and if the relationship between giant Internet providers and consume

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The Economist [Radio] Asks Tim Berners-Lee: Can the Open Web Survive?

June 6, 2016

In a recent radio interview, The Economist Deputy Editor Tom Standage asks Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, to discuss the future of the Internet.

The 2012 Internet Hall of Fame inductee explains where he stands on crucial arguments that are shaping the medium he helped create. Listen to the full interview here.