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October 2019

Opinion: 50 years ago, I helped invent the internet. How did it go so wrong?
Leonard Kleinrock, a distinguished professor of computer science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering writes an op-ed on how the internet can return to principles that it is “ethical, open, trusted, free, shared.”
Los Angeles Times

First Internet connection’ made over military ARPANET 50 years ago
Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of a milestone event that helped shape the modern Internet — the first-ever computer linkup and the first electronic message sent over the U.S. Defense Department system, known then as ARPANET.

Happy birthday, dear internet: You’re 50 years old!
In the latest installment of “Mr. Smith Goes To…”, NBC’s Harry Smith joins TODAY with a special essay for a special occasion: the 50th anniversary of the internet. It’s come a long way since its humble origins at UCLA, when a network of primitive computers crashed before a simple message could be typed. The TODAY anchors talk about things the internet has made obsolete, like encyclopedias, phone books and beepers.

On the 50th anniversary of the birth of the internet, technologists balance optimism and warnings
“I predict that the internet will evolve into a pervasive global nervous system,” Leonard Kleinrock, Internet Hall of Fame member and professor of computer science at UCLA, told Pew. “The internet will be everywhere, available on a continuous basis, and will be invisible in the sense that it will disappear into the infrastructure, just as electricity is, in many ways, invisible.”
NBC News

50 years ago today, the internet was born in Room 3420
Here’s the story of the creation of ARPANET, the groundbreaking precursor to the internet—as told by the people who were there.
Fast Company

The story behind the birth of the internet on the third floor of Boelter Hall
The Daily Bruin’s feature on the Internet’s 50th anniversary includes interviews with Kleinrock, alumnus Charley Kline, who was part of Kleinrock’s research group, and Professor George Varghese.
Daily Bruin

This man sent the first online message 50 years ago. He’s since seen the web’s dark side emerge
“The idea of the network was you could sit at one computer, log on through the network to a remote computer and use its services there,” Leonard Kleinrock, distinguished professor of computer science at UCLA, told The Current’s interim host Laura Lynch.
CBC The Current

50 Years Ago Today, the First Internet Message Was Dispatched from UCLA
The world wide web wouldn’t be possible without ARPANET, a government-funded research effort launched at UCLA in 1969. Leonard Kleinrock, a professor of computer science at the university and one of the “fathers of the internet,” takes us back to 3420 Boelter Hall and the day interconnectivity changed forever.
Los Angeles magazine

50 years after internet conception, dark side stirs fear
As UCLA marks the anniversary, Kleinrock is opening a new lab devoted to all things related to the internet — particularly mitigating some of its unintended consequences on the internet which is now used by some four billion people worldwide.

The Room Where It Happened
modern internet. The message didn’t go well. The programmer, Charley Kline, got halfway through the word login before the program crashed. It wasn’t a great start.
Popular Mechanics

互聯網50周年 誕生地洛加大歡慶
50th anniversary of the birth of the internet celebration in Los Angeles
Sing Tao Daily

In the aftermath of NYC’s power outage on July 13, Prof. Rajit Gadh, director of UCLA’s Smart Grid Energy Research Center, discusses the need for investing in the U.S. energy infrastructure.
July 15, 2019

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