Inventing the Internet

Saturday, October 28th, 11am – Noon

Printing was the communications technology for over 500 years. Hear about how today’s most influential communications technology came about from one of the people who was “in the room where it happened.”

Steve Blumenthal’s father Art was a well-known technical consultant to the printing industry but Steve’s career went in a different direction. He began his career with BBN, where he led many projects that advanced the development of the Internet. He was responsible for DARPA Internet research projects in the areas of packet satellite communications, the development of hardware and software for early Internet routers, packet voice and video conferencing and network quality of service, network management systems, and early versions of TCP/IP software for host computers.

His group built and ran many global networks including the nationwide IP backbone for BBN Planet’s commercial Internet services and a large portion of AOL’s dial-up network.

Following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Mr. Blumenthal participated in the White House Office of Cyberspace Security’s review of the security and vulnerabilities of the Internet. Mr. Blumen­thal holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

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