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Title:Gateways: Historical Underpinnings of a Single Internet
Author(s):Fidler, Bradley; Currie, Morgan
Subject(s):history
theory and philosophy of information
Abstract:Before the coherent internetworking protocol that enables the Internet today, machines called gateways ‘translated’ between dissimilar networks, at first in the early 1970s with great difficulty, and, by the early 1980s, comparatively seamlessly. This paper investigates some of the historical processes that drew multiple, formerly incompatible networks into a single logical network. Studying these processes can illustrate the Internet’s historical contingency -- and the labor that was required to overcome the social and technical differences governing the multiple, independent networks that came to, and now comprise, the Internet.
Issue Date:2015-03-15
Publisher:iSchools
Series/Report:iConference 2015 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper/Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/73453
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-03-23


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