Interconnected: The Past, Present, and Future of the Internet

A Brief History of the Internet
1: A Brief History of the Internet

Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, or ARPANET, was established in 1957 as a response to Russia launching Sputnik. Follow how that program evolved into the discovery of the internet as we know it today. Along the way, get to know technology such as TCP/IP—a core of internet design, the beginning of email, as well as the humble beginning of a small internet outfit known as Google.

34 min
The Dangers of the Internet
2: The Dangers of the Internet

With the advent of technology came unforeseen challenges, risks, and concerns. Go in-depth into dangers of networking, privacy, regulation of harmful content, and protecting information when applied to an arena where government legislation hasn’t quite caught up to practical use. Understand where some private companies are setting the standards and where others are exploiting the loopholes.

24 min
Online Access and Preservation of the Internet
3: Online Access and Preservation of the Internet

You’ve probably heard the term “net neutrality” and may be familiar with how it works. The challenge lies in the fact that a small number of internet service providers exist in the United States. From wherever you happen to be in a residential setting, you don’t have access to many of them, which can lead internet service providers to anticompetitive behavior within the industry. In this lecture, Mr. Cerf delves into how that situation can affect you, as well as what the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has to do with it, and the dangers of a dark digital age.

25 min
The Future of the Internet
4: The Future of the Internet

Where is the internet going? What does the future of this technology hold for us? Mr. Cerf looks at possible scenarios such as the use of satellites, homes that are built around networked devices, and where artificial intelligence and machine learning may be taking us. And most important, he uncovers what we can do today to get ready for the technology of tomorrow.

25 min