Internet History

A brief history of the RFC format

Geoff Huston recently discussed the processes behind putting together an RFC, and the history of why they came to be, so today we’re going to explore another aspect of what makes RFCs the way they are — their plain text format. If you’ve ever seen court documents, you’ll have noticed they’re typeset in a very defined manner. […]

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Internet Governance Outlook 2021: Digital Cacaphony in a Splintering Cyberspace

By Wolfgang KleinwächterProfessor Emeritus at the University of Aarhus In 2020, the pandemic accelerated digitalization around the globe. Homeoffice, Online Shopping, Zoom Conferences became part of the daily life for billions of people. But if somebody would have expected that the Covid-19-Desaster is a wake-up call for the world to be more united, work hand in […]

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The Internet Won’t Be the Same After Trump

How the president changed life online—for better and for worseKAITLYN TIFFANYOCTOBER 30, 2020 Being online has changed Donald Trump. He was the internet’s candidate in 2016—he appears in Urban Dictionary’s definition of meme god—and his campaign leveraged the power of Facebook advertising to beat Hillary Clinton. Since then, he’s become even more obsessed with petty grievances and conspiracy theories that play well […]

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The internet’s last great myth is finally dead

Many of us once saw the internet as a place separate from the real world. But over the course of the past decade, it’s become all too clear that the digital and the physical will forever be intertwined. BY RUTH READER In April, 10 years ago, I’m sitting at a beige desk under fluorescent lights in […]