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Re: NSF and the Birth of the Internet
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 14:42:36 -0400

Bob of course is right I was using email at Bell Labs in the 60s prior to Arpanet djf


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From: "Bob Frankston" <Bob19-0501 () bobf frankston com>
Date: August 19, 2008 1:05:49 PM EDT
To: <dave () farber net>, "'ip'" <ip () v2 listbox com>
Subject: RE: [IP] NSF and the Birth of the Internet

I can understand NSF wanting to point to its accomplishments but I can’t help thinking of NASA and Tang.

The presentation confuses the "Internet" with networking in general. It may be technically correct that the first use of "@" as a syntax for email was in 1972 but the certainly wasn’t the first email message – thousands of people had already been sending mail long before that time. Of computer networks existed in the 1960’s outside the ARPA world and networking is a basic technology and process.

I don’t want to quibble but I am concerned with giving the impression that funding science is merely a procurement process. Others have noted the omission of Gopher – the Web happened, in a sense, because it didn’t require major funding but could be done as a casual project without having to promise results.


-----Original Message-----
From: David Farber [mailto:dave () farber net]
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 12:23
To: ip
Subject: [IP] NSF and the Birth of the Internet



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From: Richard Forno <rforno () infowarrior org>
Date: August 17, 2008 12:20:59 PM EDT
To: Undisclosed-recipients: <>;
Cc: Dave Farber <dave () farber net>
Subject: NSF and the Birth of the Internet

(c/o Barry W.....a nifty NSF-produced video history of the Internet.)

NSF and the Birth of the Internet [Macromedia Flash Player]
http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/nsf-net/index.jsp




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