The Internet’s Mid-Life Crisis

Monday, 6 January 2014 | buzz

The internet turned 40 years old last year. Oddly enough, that makes the internet two years older than WORT. In 1973, Stanford researchers Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn flipped the switch on the TCP/IP networking protocol, which is the basis for all internet traffic to this day. Central to the TCP/IP model is the idea that anyone connected to the network can talk to anyone else. This basic concept led to the internet’s explosive growth and success, but has also created tensions among those who would like to see a more hierarchical structure, with gatekeepers controlling access. The New York Times’ John Markoff recently had the opportunity to interview both Cerf and Kahn. The two former collaborators now have different views about where the internet is, or should be, going. John Markoff joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on January 6, 2014.

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