Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, is a digital librarian with a mission to provide “universal access to all knowledge.” An entrepreneur, Internet pioneer, and inductee to the inaugural Internet Hall of Fame, Kahle invented the first Internet publishing system and helped put newspapers and publishers online in the 1990s.
In a recent interview, Kahle discussed how he feels about digital privacy, the future of content distribution and compensation, and why the preservation and access to historical content is a matter of paramount...
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,” Lynch says today. “I got mostly As. Except in deportment and conduct.”
Lynch's statement underplays his substantial intellect (he once dreamed how to calculate the interior space of a Chinese lantern--and got the math right). And his conduct problems don't reflect tension with peers -- he just didn't think authorities were always right. He liked to do things his way, or at least try. It’s a theme you often hear from technology leaders and luminaries, and one that likely helped secure Lynch a position in the 2019 Internet Hall of Fame inductee class for playing a key role in driving global adoption of TCP/IP protocols and fueling the Internet’s commercial success.
As you get to know Dan Lynch, what emerges is the rare and right individual who could grok complexity, grasp possibility, and navigate the human personalities necessary to...
Email was one of the most vital technologies to emerge from the 1970s. Electronic mail or “network mail” as it was known at the time, was invented by Raymond Tomlinson, a member of the Internet Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.
Versions of email actually predate the Internet, but they weren’t able to travel far. The first example of email was a program called MAILBOX which was developed at MIT in the early 1960s for people who were a few hundred feet apart.
The first host-to-host connection of the ARPANET, the precursor to the modern Internet, occurred in 1969 and three years later emails were able to travel across the Internet.
Gizmodo highlights the history of email, what it looked like and how it was used 40 years ago, when it first began.
Thirty years ago, Tim Berners-Lee released the WorldWideWeb browser, unleashing the power of the Internet. Part of the Internet Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, Berners-Lee envisioned a public way to access the Internet, and in doing so, he played a key role in helping facilitate its commercial adoption and growth.
Today, we have five widely used browsers including Google Chrome, Apple’s Safari, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera. The Internet has become almost a "commodity" service and much of the latest attention has been on the use of this global information infrastructure for support of other commercial services. This has been tremendously accelerated by the widespread and rapid adoption of browsers and the World Wide Web technology, allowing users easy access to information linked throughout the globe.
Elise Gerich is not interested in information silos, thanks. A 2019 inductee to the Internet Hall of Fame, Gerich was a key player in the launch of the National Science Foundation’s NSFNET, which facilitated networking among different communities. She also later oversaw NSFNET’s migration to Internet Service Providers in 1995 when the platform was retired.
In a recent interview, Gerich said she is worried about the potential for the Internet to start splitting off again into niche-focused platforms like it did in its early days, thus making it harder for entities to collaborate and share information.
“I’m really hoping for the future that the Internet can continue to be this collaborative and cooperative venture with open communications,” she said.