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Date: November 30, 2007
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

Historians Recapture the History of the Internet

Through the reminiscences of its pioneers, the unwritten history of the creation of the Internet was captured in a series of videotaped sessions by History Associates Incorporated (HAI) oral historians on November 28. The sessions, moderated by HAI historians Philip Cantelon, Kenneth Durr, Jason Gart, and James Lide, explored the pivotal role of the National Science Foundation Network (NSFNET) in transforming the small and experimental networking initiatives of the 1970s into the worldwide Internet of the 1990s.

The group oral history sessions, sponsored by the nonprofit organization Internet History Archive, each featured from three to seven veterans of the NSFNET project and covered such topics as technology, government involvement, and commercialization. The objective of the Internet History Archive is to create a digital archive of source materials covering the creation and evolution of the Internet. To this end, the Internet History Archive will make streaming video of the sessions available for web access. The oral history event took place in conjunction with the volunteer-organized conference  NSFNET: The Partnership that Changed the World, held November 29 through 30 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

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