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  • From: Kelly Faro <>
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  • Subject: [nsfnet-35] Internet History Webinar: Using the Internet (1983-1992)
  • Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2022 18:43:49 +0000
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As a prior attendee of an Internet Reunion Club webinar, we want to invite you to the 3rd Internet Reunion Club public session on June 7 at 1 p.m. EDT focusing on using the internet (as opposed to building the internet) between 1983 to 1992, or before the web/browser.

How to Join the Webinar

The session, held June 7 at 1 p.m. EDT, features a panel of speakers and internet pioneers from 1983 to 1992, who will give short talks and then give participants the opportunity to ask them questions. No registration is required and the session will be held via Zoom.

Program and Speakers

The event will be moderated by Dennis Jennings, former program director for Networking, National Science Foundation.

  1. Tools and Services on the Internet: Ed Krol, author of The Whole Internet Users Guide and Catalog.
    The early 1990s saw a huge explosion — the Internet ‘Big Bang’ — in the usability and usage of the Internet as the web/browser were deployed. Behind that explosion lay years of innovation and development of the tools and services that users needed. This talk explores that earlier period and the factors that coalesced to enable the internet Big Bang to happen.
  2. Space Research and NASA, Milo Medin, formerly with NASA Ames
  3. Education on the Internet: Yvonne Marie Andres, CEO & co-founder, Global SchoolNet, FrEdMail Network
    The FrEdMail (Free Educational Mail) Network was launched in 1984. In 1993 FrEdMail became Global SchoolNet (GSN). During that same year, GSN received an NSF grant to create a website called “Global Schoolhouse” and introduce CU-SeeMe, an internet conferencing program to provide a living curriculum that made the world a laboratory, promoted a quest for lifelong learning, and established a global community that would benefit education, health care, local government, business, communities, and the home. 
  4. Supercomputing from the Desktop Workstation: Larry Smarr, former director, National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA).
    Computational physics drove NSF to create an Office of Advanced Scientific Computing. Within 2 years (1984-86) the Macintosh, NSF Supercomputer Centers, and NSFnet appeared. I will explore their essential interactions and show how the networked personal computer software used to interpret supercomputer output led directly to NSCA Mosaic and the explosion of the WWW.





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