The Internet:

Past, Present, and Future

Where Technology, Policy, and Money Collide

Course Information:

Class: The Internet: Past, Present, and Future (35888)

Instructor: Terry Gray

Days: 2 Thursdays, June 9 and 16, 2022

Time: 4:00-6:00pm

Location: Zoom (although a handful of volunteers will be in-person to help us understand issues relating to hybrid teaching).



Have you ever wondered how the Internet came to be? Or where it is going?

Or why it succeeded when competing international efforts failed?

Have you wondered whether it really started as a military network designed to survive nuclear war, or what role Al Gore really played?

Meet the visionaries and pioneers who made it happen, and get a taste of what the future holds... including challenges relating to free speech, privacy, ownership, cryptocurrency, NFTs, 5G, and the metaverse.

Learn from someone who has been involved in the Internet since before there was an Internet!


Part 1: Foundations

  • Introduction

  • Context

  • Concepts

Part 2: The Early Years

  • Visionaries

  • Pioneers

  • Birth

  • Evolution

Part 3: Coming of Age

  • Governance

  • World Wide Web

  • Social Networking

  • Fad or Fire?

Part 4: Now and Then

  • Current Status

  • Coming Attractions

  • Future Tense



Link to slides: HERE

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