How Old Is the Internet?

New Year’s Day marked the 30th anniversary of the internet. To celebrate, Google handed over the keys to the official Google blog to Vint Cerf, who is one of the founding fathers of the internet, to explain how it all went down.

Wrote Cerf:

“A long time ago, my colleagues and I became part of a great adventure, teamed with a small band of scientists and technologists in the U.S. and elsewhere. For me, it began in 1969, when the potential of packet switching communication was operationally tested in the grand ARPANET experiment by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).”

The rest of this story contains no explosions, car chases, or steamy love scenes, but it does explain in a few paragraphs how the basic architecture of the internet was built.

In the post, Cerf shares the details of how he and his colleagues Robert Kahn and Jon Postel created a standard computer communication protocol called TCP/IP to support connection among different packet-switched networks.

In the end, Cerf wrote, “I feel immensely privileged to have played a part and, like any proud parent, have delighted in watching it grow. I continue to do what I can to protect its future. I hope you’ll join me today in raising a toast to the Internet—may it continue to connect us for years to come.”

Image by Stuart Miles.

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