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Doug Van Houweling on The Things That Really Matter

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Earlier this year, Internet Hall of Famer Dr. Doug Van Houweling explained in a video how, back in the 1980s, he created the network that ran the NSFNet – the foundation on which the Internet was built. He followed up recently...

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How the Web Got its 'Lingua Franca'

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In the 1970s and early 1980s, during the nascent and internationally tangled development stages of what would become the Internet and the World Wide Web, the new TCP/IP – Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol – was thought to be a possible lingua franca, a common language that disparate...

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Holodecks, Satellites and the Semantic Web: Five Innovators Foresee the Internet’s Future

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The Internet is a moving target, constantly changing and evolving. As I contemplate its likely trajectory over the next 10 years, I hope whatever form it takes, it continues to exhibit the original values we established in its earliest years. These include the principles of ethics, trust, openness...

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Connecting Communities Through Technology: Carlos Afonso

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At age 13, Carlos Afonso, growing up near the banks of the Parana River in Brazil, discovered a knack for fixing radios. It was an inherited skill he attributes to his Italian grandfather, who he remembers could fix just about any machine. It wasn't long before Carlos and some friends leveraged...

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From Aberdeen to Bhutan: Early Interest in How Things Work Takes Philip Smith to Internet Fame

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By Dan Rosenheim Sandwiched between China and northern India, and just east of Nepal, the kingdom of Bhutan historically ranked among the world’s most insular states, largely free from international communications – and even outside visitors. But the 21st century has swept change into the small...

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Building Connections and Deploying Networks: Remembering Tadao Takahashi

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On April 6, 2022, Tadao Takahashi, 2017 Internet Hall of Fame inductee and one of the most important figures in the creation of the Brazilian...

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A Dedicated Approach to Internet Security: Daniel Kaminsky

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“He was who he was from the time he was four.” That’s one thing Trudy Maurer has to say about her son, the Internet security expert Daniel Kaminsky, who died at the age of 42 in 2021 and was inducted into the...

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Spirit of Affirmation, Collaboration Sparks Klaas Wierenga’s Creation of eduroam

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When you listen to Klaas Wierenga talk about the development of eduroam, the access tool that provides academics and researchers with wifi roaming services at campuses around the world, you hear one phrase over and over again: “So I said, ‘Sure!’”...

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From Tinkering to Teaching: Doug Comer's Journey to Internet Pioneer

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By Dan Rosenheim One might be forgiven for thinking that, as a boy, Doug Comer had little chance of becoming one of the world’s premier experts in computer networks and a renowned university teacher. The son of a welder father and an elementary school teacher mother,...

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Dan Lynch's Love of 'Brilliant Complexity' Fuels Early Internet Development, Growth

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The roles Dan Lynch has adopted throughout his journey to help develop the commercial Internet have spanned from government scientist to Internet evangelist to startup founder. But in order to understand that arc, you first have to understand who he was as a kid. “I was a pretty good student,”...

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