Anthony J. Pennings, PhD

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How IT Came to Rule the World, 1.7

Posted on | April 3, 2010 | No Comments

This is the 12th post in the mini-series How IT Came to Rule the World

Quest for the Moon enhances microprocessing powerWithin weeks of the first landing on the Moon, the foundation of the Internet was created. Government-sponsored projects implemented the theories of data communications and created the first packet-switching and packet-broadcasting network called the ARPANET.

ARPA subcontracted the design and creation of network to a small company called BBN, an important part of the emerging “revolving door” for engineers and scientists between academia, government and industry. Then the University of Hawaii’s Aloha System provided fascinating new possibilities for wireless data communications between mobile units and for satellite packet communications (and soon led to the Ethernet LANs).

The problems encountered in reconciling these different data transmission systems operating in different networks led to the Internetting Project and the development of a new data communications protocol that would link different computers operating on different computer networks.

Vint Cerf talks about his role in the creation of the TCP protocol and its implications for the global Internet.

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AnthonybwAnthony J. Pennings, PhD is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Technology and Society, State University of New York, Korea. Before joining SUNY, he taught at Hannam University in South Korea and from 2002-2012 was on the faculty of New York University. Previously, he taught at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, Marist College in New York, and Victoria University in New Zealand. He has also spent time as a Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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