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Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Tests Positive For Covid-19

Tech pioneer Vint Cerf, one of the co-creators of the modern internet, has tested positive for covid-19, according to a tweet Cerf sent out Monday morning. The 76-year-old tweeted out a clip from HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver about the U.S. response to the global pandemic. Read More >>

Here’s the Internet’s ‘Birth Certificate’ From 50 Years Ago

Fifty years ago Tuesday, on 29 October 1969, the internet was born. It was a humble beginning – a single login from a computer terminal at UCLA in Los Angeles to the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in the US state of California's Bay Area. But it was a tiny baby step that would eventually catapult the world into the information age. Read More >>

This 1966 Article About ‘Computer Danger’ Predicted a Bleak Future of Bank Crimes and Info Leaks

When it comes to high-tech surveillance, identity theft, and financial crimes, humanity lives in a hell of its own making. Technology here in the second decade of the 21st century has created a world where our personal information is constantly getting exposed. And for what benefit? The “convenience” of being able to pay our bills online. But we can’t say we weren’t warned. People in 1966 saw where all of this automation was heading. Read More >>

Why America Beat the Russians at Building the Internet

From the late 1950s until the late 1980s, scientists in both the United States and the Soviet Union were working on computer networking in one form or another. Why did the US succeed where the Russians failed? That’s the subject of a new book titled How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet by Benjamin Peters. Read More >>

Ray Tomlinson, Creator of Email and Saviour of the @ Symbol, Dies

Ray Tomlinson, the man who invented email, has reportedly died at the age of 74. The tech pioneer is said to have passed away on Saturday, though a cause of death has not yet been revealed. Read More >>

The First Thing Ever Sold Online Was a Bag of Weed

Online drug sales gained notoriety thanks to the Silk Road market, but the buying and selling of illegal mood-altering substances through computers goes a lot farther back. In fact, the very first online transaction was a drug deal. Read More >>

Happy 45th Birthday, Internet!

Happy birthday, Internet! You may be turning 45 today, but we swear you don't look a day over 30. And not to embarrass you, but we thought we'd celebrate by sharing some of your baby photos. Or, more accurately, perhaps some of your ultrasound picturess. Read More >>

Someone Embroidered a Map of ARPANET, the Infant Internet

Random starburst embroidery? No, that's a map of ARPANET, the early predecessor of the internet as we know it, from 1983. The late-in-life network was immortalised in yarn by the artist and designer Debbie Millman. Read More >>

A Map of the Entire Internet, 1977

Once upon a time, you could draw a map of the known Internet. Here's what the world of networked computers looked like in 1977 when ARPANET was still just a huge US government-funded science project. It's actually incredible that the network proliferated this much in the eight years after the first four-node network was established back in 1969. Read More >>

The Reason Why Your Email Address Has an @ in It

Email is something many of us have only been using for the past 20 years, but its roots go back much much further than that. The earliest traces of email even date back to the 1960s. And according to Wired, computer engineer Ray Tomlinson was responsible for many of email's earliest innovations, including the use of @ in email addresses. Read More >>