To Ira Fuchs, the future of the Internet is bright.
A 2017 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame, Fuchs is a co-founder of BITNET, a cooperative network between the City University of New York and Yale University that provided email, file transfer, and instant messaging to faculty, researchers, and students throughout the world in the early 1980s.
In a recent video interview, Fuchs marveled at the efforts of digital Natives – 20- and 30-somethings who grew up with the Internet – to use those tools to improve their communities.
“The Internet is a wonderful infrastructure,” he said. “It does permit everyone to have a voice, speak up and communicate. To see what some of these young people are doing with the Internet, the kinds of changes that they’re trying to bring to their countries…it’s absolutely inspiring.”
Two Internet Hall of Fame inductees are partially responsible for the inspiration of a new exhibit honoring notable women across multiple fields.
Created by fashion technology pioneer Sylvia Heisel, the Names Dress features 3D printed names of more than 300 women from the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
“The Names Dress is a tribute to women, known and unknown, historic and contemporary, in these interconnected and evolving fields. The Dress is also an exploration of the use of sustainable materials and techniques in creating innovative textiles and garments,” Heisel said in a recent blog post.
The Names Dress is on display at Florence’s...
Although she is keenly aware that the Internet has become more complicated over the years, Tracy LaQuey Parker is hopeful that hack attempts can eventually become a thing of the past.
While at the University of Texas, Parker wrote two of the earliest best-sellers about the Internet: “The User’s Directory of Computer Networks,” a 1988 directory of academic networks around the world, and “The Internet Companion,” a guide book for users published in 1992.
The latter, the first trade book published, went on to be translated into eight languages.
The first person to successfully sue a spammer after her domain name was forged, the 2017 Internet Hall of Fame inductee said she hopes that additional cyber security training to address new complexities will help future generations of web users better safeguard their privacy.
“My hope is that we can figure out how to deal with some of the issues we’ve had, like the high profile hacking attempts. They just seem to keep happening.”
Craig Partridge does not see the Internet’s openness as a bad thing at all.
A three-time graduate of Harvard University, Partridge designed how email is routed via domain names and led the team that developed the first multi-gigabit router.
He is currently the chief scientist for networking research at Raytheon BBN Technologies.
In a recent video interview, the 2017 Internet Hall of Fame inductee said he is particularly proud of his efforts to foster connections among groups that would otherwise be isolated.
“One of the things that was an ‘aha’ moment was that we made the world better by increasing openness. The thing I remember most was a series of articles…about people in rural areas of the United States who found that they were no longer just the weirdo or oddball in their town.”
Although Ed Krol had many storied technical accomplishments during his 30-plus year career at the University of Illinois, the award he is most proud of is having one of his books named one of the New York Public Library’s “Books of the Century."
Krol made the esteemed list with his 1992 book The Whole Internet: User’s Guide & Catalog.
“It’s sort of a really good parlor trick,” he said. “It’s like, ‘What can you say about yourself that’s not Internet-related?’ I can say ‘I’m peers with Rachel Carson and Adolph Hitler.’”
Today, the book is described on Amazon as “still the best book on the Internet.” If you want to learn what the Internet was like in 1998, you can download the book for free non-commercial usage at a variety of sites.
Carson was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring was credited with advancing the global environmental movement.
Hitler made the list for his book, Mein Kampf.