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This article was published on November 18, 2008


    Happy birthday for the European Internet

    Happy birthday for the European Internet
    Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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    Ernst-Jan Pfauth

    Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

    We’ve something to celebrate here: the Internet in Europe has been around for twenty years and one day. At 2:30 pm, on November 17th, 1988, system supervisor Piet Beertema from the Amsterdam Centre for Maths and Information received an email saying his organization was now connected with the National Science Foundation Network (NSFnet).

    Flickr: SearchAs you might know, NSFnet was the successor of CSNET, a network that linked academic computer science departments, in 1981, the NSF aimed to create an open network allowing academic researchers access to supercomputers (cited rom Wikipedia).

    After the connection in Amsterdam, the Internet out to the whole of Europe. Amsterdam always remained the central connection point with AMS-IX.

    In 1993, the Internet became available for everybody. And now, fifteen years later, I’m sitting in a Nepalese coffee bar, typing this post and sending it through the air by using the wireless network. Quite a digital revolution, right? (though I still wrote this article one day too late)

    [Via Webwereld (Dutch)]