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What has a “really stupid” name and gets a B+ or A- Grade?

On February 7, 1958, in response to the launch of Sputnik, the US Department of Defense established the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). Several years later ARPA began to focus on computer networking and communications technology. UCLA proposed to DARPA to organize and run a Network Measurement Center for the ARPANET project.

Around Labor Day in [...]

One Web for Days of Independence

When I first saw the worldwide web in a university computer lab, I knew it would change everything but had no idea that it could help people take specific actions to manage politicians and government employees. That’s not surprising. Most of us still don’t know how close we are to that goal.
I started blogging because [...]

Internet: We are the Internet (A Internet: uma questão de pronome)

(for the Portuguese version of this Story, please scroll down)
The Internet is a constantly changing and thought-provoking entity. An age-old question, which is both archetypal and arrogant, yet at the same time quite poignant is: Who are we? But can you believe that the Internet has been helping us to unravel this mystery.
Before its development, [...]

Story of a browser evolving in tune with the evolution of the Web.

People are watching and uploading videos, music, chatting with each other, playing web based games. The web wasn’t like that when it all started and all these did not exist when the first browsers were created.

Early web pages were hypertext pages, pictures were possible but beyond that the early web pages was nowhere near the [...]

Who was to have been George Orwell’s Big Brother – Breznev or Mao?

My first encounter with the web occurred in 1978. (Yes, I know there was no web at the time. And I can’t point to a BBS or other near-involvement; indeed, I’d never touched a keyboard, couldn’t even type. My OneWebDay story, actually 3 of them, is about the ways interactive technologies – the broader web [...]

Web’s oldest bloggers: Olive Riley and Ruth Hamilton

Riley was born in 1899 and would have turned 109 on October 20. She took up blogging at the suggestion of Mike Rubbo, who filmed a documentary on her life four years ago.
“First of all, I had to explain to her what a blog was and that took some doing,” Rubbo said. “Then I got [...]

My OneWebDay story

My name is Susan Crawford, and I’m here to contribute a OneWebDay story.
My sense is that all the hyperbole about the Internet – transformative! world-changing! – doesn’t actually capture its impact, because we’re living through the change. It has been a very interesting time to be alive, in my view, and I’m particularly glad that [...]

Broadband Internet reduces Molecular Biology Research time from 5 months to less than a week

The Internet has changed the way I work in many ways. So, as I began to collect my thoughts, I realised I have more than one example to present my case.
In the laboratory
In a typical molecular biology lab where I work, routine experiments involve cloning, sequencing; homology search with other reported sequences, characterization of DNA [...]

Before the Internet, Instant Messenger, Blogs and Search Engines

“So more important than when the Internet came into existence is when someone started using it enough to use it effectively.” — Al Macintyre
I first used the internet in the 90s, but it wasn’t until after 2001 that I began using it in a way that was meaningful. Before the internet, I did my [...]

from a farmhouse in the Italian countryside to Buckingham Palace

I moved to Italy in 1994 and I just about made a living teaching and training teachers. Quite hard in a rural community. I’d heard about the internet and dreamed of being on it and what it could do for me. A book contract in 2000 meant I had to get online fast – oh, [...]