From the early days of ARPANET to today’s mobile technologies, here we share some of the proposed histories of the Internet from various personalities and organizations:
A Brief History of the Internet Written by those who made it history, including Barry M. Leiner, Vinton G. Cerf, David D. Clark, Robert E. Kahn, Leonard Kleinrock, Daniel C. Lynch, Jon Postel, Lawrence G. Roberts, Stephen Wolff.
History of the Internet in Africa Although still a "young" technology, the Internet has had a profound impact on the world in the few decades that it has been around. One of the most interesting chapters of this short history has been its development in Africa.
IUKNOF Internet History Project The early days of the Internet in the United Kingdom. As a modest first step, individuals who played key roles in the creation and growth of the Internet in the UK are being invited to give presentations at UKNOF meetings.
Imagining the Internet: A History and Forecast A diverse collection of resources by Elon University and Pew Internet Project including concise historical information, current Internet governance discussions, and predictions about the future of the Internet.
ConneXions: The Interoperability Report ConneXions was a monthly publication which ran from 1987-1996 focusing on computer interoperability, particularly the development of networking protocols. The scanned copies of ConneXion form a valuable archive of technical articles and discussions from a pivotal time in the Internet's history.
The World Wide Web: Past, Present and Future By Tim Berners-Lee, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium and a principal research scientist at the Laboratory for Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
A Little History of the World Wide Web From W3C, this document dates from 1995 and has not been updated. The history is of course still valid though not up to date. Some links may not work. This is a monthly history list from 1980 to October 1995.
Internet for Historians, History of the Internet (Outline in English) History of the net, designed for non-experts, which also hopes to give some of the concepts necessary to understand how the Net works. Also includes a history of the Web and electronic mail.
The Living Internet Examines the history of the Internet, Web, Email, Usenet, and more, using an unique step-by-step approach.
History and Overview of CSNET (PDF: 156KB) by Peter J. Denning, with Anthony Hearn and C. William Kern. Published in ACM SIGCOMM 83. This paper reviews the history, the goals, the organisation and the components of CSNET (the Computer Science Research Network). CSNET bridged between the original (closed) ARPANET and the NSFNET (open) by spreading the TCP/IP and nameserver technology, and by negotiating new policies with ARPA and NSF for commercial traffic on the net.
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