Each and every day, there are brilliant minds working behind the scenes to develop inventions and technology that make our lives better, easier, or just plain more fun.
On the 51st anniversary of the birth of the internet, Leonard Kleinrock, internet pioneer and a distinguished professor of computer science at UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, has announced the debut of the website for the UCLA Connection Laboratory, which fosters interdisciplinary research on the latest communications and computing technologies.
I wanted to share an interview from my archive with you. As this year marks 35 years since Radia Perlman invented the algorithm for implementing a spanning tree protocol (STP), I thought it a great time to share her story...
Low-income Americans; Black, Hispanic and Native Americans; the elderly; Americans with a high school education or less; and rural Americans are much more likely to be on the wrong side of the digital divide. Ours remains a nation where too many people, often our most vulnerable citizens, are unconnected or under-connected.
With more than half a billion internet users, India is one of the biggest and fastest-growing internet economies in the world. But the foundations of the internet in India were laid down just over three decades ago, in 1986, through the Education and Research Network (Ernet) Project.
The Internet eased lockdown life for millions. But millions more still can’t get online, and that’s fundamentally unfair.
Adiel Akplogan was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame on September 27, 2019, at a ceremony in San José (Costa Rica), becoming the third African personality to join the Internet Hall of Fame, with the Kenyan Dorcas Muthoni and the Ghanaian Nii Quaynor. He joined the Internet Hall of Fame for his remarkable contribution to the growth, dissemination and security of the Internet in Africa.
The inventor of the world wide web has warned that it is "not working for women and girls" as he stressed the importance of tackling gender equality. Tim Berners-Lee wrote in an open letter to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the revolutionary technology that women of color and those from LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities still face acute discrimination.
Your Internet is working. Thank these Cold War-era pioneers who designed it to handle almost anything
Coronavirus may have forced people to stay at home, but the Internet these scientists envisioned long ago is keeping the world connected.
As Popular Mechanics celebrates the 50th anniversary of the development of the internet, we honor the women who helped shape the way we connect with the world around us.