Life On the Net in 2004

This piece from the Daily Aardvark is a humorous, satirical look at what life may be like on the Internet in 2004 if the corporations have it their way.


Judges Blast Library Filtering

From Wired: "The U.S. Congress' third assault on Internet pornography appears likely to meet the same ignoble end as the previous two. A two-week trial over library filtering ended Thursday with a trio of judges criticizing the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) as an unreasonable intrusion into the rights of Americans to view legal material online.",1283,51591,00.html


Secret Software Could Take Control of University Computers

The Chronicle of Education now has an article on KaZaA, a file sharing program with a sleeper module built in which, when called to life, will allow Brilliant Digital Entertainment to run programs for corporate interests who need extensive time-shared processing power. Like the SETI project, the module will run processing in the background on users computers, sending inpu t and output data over the Internet.

While Brilliant Digital Entertainment has said they will notify users before activating this program, educators fear that college campuses will be likely targets of this service, tying up univeristy bandwidth for corporate concerns.


Robert Cailliau on the WWW Proposal: "How It Really Happened."

I proposed a range of possible projects for myself, one of which was Hypertext, and another of which was analyzing physics data using object-oriented systems and NeXTStep. But why were you so hot on Hypertext? I felt that we needed to be able to do more than just produce something and then output it on paper; we needed to be able to navigate within it. There had been this project called CERNDOC, which was a system completely based on VM, CMS, and the IBM. It was sort of a hierarchical system in which you could search for documentation, get a document out, and then maybe print it. But I felt that the whole thing should have been hypertext-based, or that we should at least look into what could be done with it. I thought that we could maybe even do things on the network, but I had not thought of the Internet.


If you can instantly edit, you don't need URLs? Right. You start out by writing your own set of documentary pages on your local disk. Then you would click your insertion point in the browser. Like in every good application, if you wanted to put the insertion point, you'd click once. If you wanted to make something work or to follow a link, you clicked twice. There was no distinction between editing mode and browser mode. We lost all that along the way. What we see now is mostly inflated rubbish. So you lost that because you decided to release it to the public? We lost it because we couldn't port it easily from NeXTStep. Writing an editor is much harder than writing a passive browser. The guy who brings out a passive browser spreads it faster, but it's not necessarily better for the user. For want of an editor, the web was lost...

Interview with RC


NetHistory v2.0: An exhaustive list of Internet history resources

Welcome to Nethistory, the most comprehensive directory of links (160 and counting) to information about the history of the Internet, World Wide Web, Usenet, as well as related concepts such as email, browsers, online games and BBSs.



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