Origins of the Internet (with Charlton McIlwain & Fred Turner)

Galvin, Anne H.; McIlwain, Charlton; Turner, Fred

Two leading scholars of internet history, Charlton McIlwain and Fred Turner, delve into the stories you might not have heard about where the technology came from. Yes, DARPA and IBM played formative roles, but what about back-to-the-land hippies in the 1960s, or a sprawling network of African American engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts who helped develop and popularize the web? McIlwain and Turner explain how major decisions about the early internet’s design and usage lead to some of its problems today.


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Heyman Center for the Humanities
Public Books 101: The Internet, 1
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January 26, 2021


Preferred citation:
Galvin, Annie, Charlton McIlwain, and Fred Turner. "Origins of the Internet." Public Books 101: The Internet, Podcast Audio, July 20, 2020. http://www.publicbooks.org/podcast/#origins.