Fall 2009 Internet2 Member Meeting

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The Partnership that Changed the World

Time 10/07/09 04:30PM-05:30PM

Session Abstract

The Internet has fundamentally changed the way we conduct business, research, and education and is now regarded as one of the most significant technical achievements of the late 20th century. While the history of the ARPANET, the research network that was the genesis of today's Internet, has been told in many popular books and articles, the transition in the 1980's from a specialized research network with few hundred hosts to a general purpose network infrastructure with millions of hosts able to support a wide range of advanced applications, is neither well-documented nor well-understood. That story---a story of a partnership between the government, higher education, and the private sector during the National Science Foundation Network (NSFNET) era, has lessons for researchers today as we look to the future of the network. This multi-media presentation will begin by drawing upon over 100 hours or audio and/or video transcripts involving more than a hundred Internet pioneers-including some of those who continue to contribute in the Internet2 community today-to consider what lessons might be learned in terms of replicating this success to spur future technological innovation. The session will conclude with a look at the coming revolution in the organization of web content that may well create a


Speaker Doug Gale Internet History Archives

Speaker Anne OBeay Internet History Archive Advisory Board

Speaker Richard Greenfield University of Alaska

Secondary tracks The Future: What's Next for the Net?

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