Internet History Project

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It is clear that the Internet has changed society fundamentally, perhaps as much as any of the Telephone, Television, Aviation and the Automobile. It is also clear that the key changes which caused the Internet to emerge into widespread use happened during the 1990s. On this basis it seems that records of these events may be of interest to future historical researchers.

The idea of this project is to record for posterity material documenting 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. These presentations can be found below.

  • UKNOF2: In the Beginning [with notes] (Nigel Titley)
  • UKNOF5: What Did You Do in the OSI Wars, Daddy ? (Ian Batten)
  • UKNOF6: Starting the Commercial Internet in the UK [audio/video] (Peter Houlder)
  • UKNOF7: Networking in UK Academia ~25 Years Ago (Jim Reid)
  • UKNOF8: Early Networks at UKC (Peter Collinson)
  • UKNOF10: Some Internet History - and what happened before [transcript] (Rob Blokzijl)
  • UKNOF11: Demon - The Early Days (Grahame Davies)
  • UKNOF13: Daniel Karrenberg, RIPE NCC
  • UKNOF15: The Internet from Zen's point of view [video] (Richard Tang, Zen Internet)
  • UKNOF17: Demon Internet (Cliff Stanford)
  • UKNOF25: The UK Internet - a Semi-Personal View (Mike Kelly, DataCentred)