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January 12, 2016 | 0 comments

“It’s no accident that Iowa, where the first transcontinental railroad began, is now home to a huge data-center industry,” writes Ingrid Burrington in this article for The Atlantic.

Burrington, visiting the American town where the Union Pacific route for the first transcontinental railroad began, examines how networks follow networks, and that while these "ghosts" aren’t always obvious, they form an historical  infrastructure that has forged a literal and figurative path to our technological future.

December 21, 2015 | 0 comments

One of the most interesting historical features of the Internet is that the protocols were—and still are—free and open to anyone to build upon. Anyone with a good idea was (and is) encouraged to make suggestions for new or improved Internet protocols.

One of the key ways this happens is through the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The IETF is the principal organization engaged in the development of new Internet standard specifications, and the way it does this is uniquely transparent and democratic.

Just as the Internet is shaped by its users, the work of the IETF is determined by its own participants—and any individual with relevant experience can participate. Drawing on extensive technical experience developing, deploying, and using Internet technology, IETF participants include network designers, engineers, operators, vendors, and researchers from around the world who care about the evolution and operation of Internet architecture. 

Good ideas come in all shapes and...

December 8, 2015 | 0 comments

As we head into the holiday shopping season, a new video from Shopify offers an interesting glimpse into e-commerce history. So, what was the first thing ever sold on the Internet? Read Fast Company's introduction, and then watch "Proceed to Checkout: The Unexpected Story of How E-Commerce Started."

November 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Each year since his death in 2011, November 8 is celebrated online as #AaronSwartzDay, when countless tributes to this Internet Hall of Fame inductee are made across multiple digital platforms. This article on Catch News examines his life, work and the legacy he left behind.


November 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Radia Perlman, the inventor of the Spanning Tree algorithm, summarized it in a poem titled "Algorhyme," (adapted from the poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer).

Here, Perlman accompanies on the piano at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory while her daughter, Dawn (voice), puts the poem to music.