War for the Web
05 03.12

War for the Web

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A documentary about the Internet obviously has a lot of cool elements but one of our personal favorites is the historical aspect. The Internet was invented in the 1970’s by young computer scientists in a burgeoning field. Many people from the early days are still around (Rest in Peace, Jon Postel) and there is a tremendous opportunity to record history first hand.

Here at War for the Web, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to discuss some of the most important events changing the way the Internet works with the men and women who were there at the time. Vint Cerf was a part of the team that invented TCP/IP, which is the underlying system that makes the Internet work. It will be a tremendous experience to sit down with him and discuss the Internet, how it started, what it has become and what it has been like watching it get here.

In 2003 an ISP called Brand X filed a lawsuit with the FCC to change the way that Internet worked. While the lawsuit failed, the consequences of their actions have had immense ramifications for the industry. We’re excited to interview Jim Pickrell, President of Brand X and one of the principles in the lawsuit to discuss the changes that have taken place and what it was like to be there, making history.

Given how young the Internet is as an institution in this country and around the world, it is really important to remember that we’re still making history. Legislation and policy changes that we enact today will change how the Internet works for future generations, and right now it isn’t looking particularly good. That’s why now is the time to get involved and get interested in how the Internet works.

The first router

"Tymsharing" was an original purpose behind the Internet




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