Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 347. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2019-10-25 13:59:16+00:00 From: John Naughton
Subject: ‘Internet’ anniversaries Dear Willard One doesn’t want to rain on well-intentioned parades but the declaration that “In a week's time the internet will be exactly 50 years old” is a tad misleading. Technically the Internet is the network of networks based on the TCP/IP family of protocols which was was first switched on in January 1983 and is therefore only 36 years old. The anniversary celebrations on November 6 must refer to the Arpanet, the Pentagon-funded precursor to the Internet, which, although it uses packet-switching, was significantly different from the TCP/IP network. So the anniversary must actually be a celebration of packet-switching. The only problem with that is that packet-switching was independently conceived some time earlier by Paul Baran at RAND and Donald Davies at the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington. En passant, it’s perhaps worth noting that the only node of the Arpanet physically located outside of the continental US was in Peter Kirstein’s Lab just up the road from King’s — in UCL! Best John ......... Professor John Naughton Director, Press Fellowship Wolfson College, Cambridge e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: memex.naughtons.org t: +44 7836 373799 _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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