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Engelbart's "The Mother of all Demos"

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On December 9, 1968, Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart and the Augmentation Research Center at Stanford Research Institute held a 90-minute public multimedia demonstration at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. Retrospectively called ‘The Mother of All Demos,’ this marked the first time the...

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Internet Hall of Famer Realizes Dream in Southeast Asian IXP

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By Kanchana Kanchanasut It is hard to believe that an old dream of mine has finally come true: We now have a neutral Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Thailand, which will help increase Internet capacity throughout Southeast Asia. It’s really amazing for me to realize that this IXP, formally called...

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Radia Perlman Shares Insights on Careers for Women and Technology

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Radia Perlman shares her thoughts on women and careers in technology.

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Paul Vixie’s Top Tips for Increasing Internet Users’ Digital Security

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Paul Vixie doesn’t have much hope that the average user can ever be completely safe on the Internet. But he sees some hopeful trends: “The big companies like Apple and Google now are being helpful; for example, it’s nearly impossible to download software by mistake anymore, and that’s a good thing...

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Protocol Wars

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In 1991 Dai Davies introduced Internet technology into the pan-European backbone, EuropaNet, which was originally planned as an X.25 network. This put him right in the middle of the “Protocol Wars,” when engineers,...

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Managing Peer Relationships in Flat Organization Key to Strong Teams

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By Michael Roberts Years ago, building technology project teams was usually done informally. The designated leader did a survey of the organization, followed by recruiting, and it was off to the races.  Today, management expectations of project success are much higher, and there are tailored...

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Van Houweling Talks About Working In Defiance of Abundant Skeptics

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Dr. Douglas Van Houweling and his team at the University of Michigan scaled the original ARPAnet technology so that it could be used to establish today’s Internet. His project, done for the National Science Foundation and called the NSFNet, connected supercomputing centers and major research...

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Inventor of DSL Tells How He Did the “Impossible"

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Send high-speed data, including video signals, over telephone wires? Impossible!  That’s what everyone thought for decades, until Internet Hall of Famer Dr. John Cioffi actually did it, by designing the Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) system. His big challenges were two-fold. The technological one...

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Fighting Cybercrime

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Eric Huizer, of the Internet Hall of Fame Class of 2014, points out that fighting cybercrime is a difficult task. Of course we want an open Internet, he says, but the multinational nature of cybercrime inevitably involves politics and a nuanced approach.

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Threats to Internet Are Social Ones

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Internet Hall of Famer Ben Segal says that the real threats to the Internet are the social ones. The “rich and powerful,” he says, should not be allowed to control the Internet; instead, he hopes the “democratic spirit...

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