Scott Bradner and Scott Shackelford

Key Decisions that Shaped the Internet

The introduction of the internet, a pivotal event in the Third Industrial Revolution, was shaped by crucial design and policy decisions made by early internet pioneers. Decisions such as adopting packet-switching for ARPANET, developing TCP/IP, and creating HTML and HTTP were fundamental in building the modern Internet. These choices enabled efficient data transmission, standardized communication, and facilitated the exponential growth of online connectivity. However, these decisions also had unintended consequences, including security vulnerabilities and the spread of misinformation.

Join us for a conversation with Scott Bradner and Scott Shackelford, authors of the book Forks in the Digital Road: Key Decisions in the History of the Internet about these early decisions, their profound impact, and potential lessons for the future.

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