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May 2023 Issue

The Future Internet Through the Lens of History

I have always enjoyed reading about history as I believe it provides the best way to understand the possibilities of a future, disclaimers aside like “past performance is no guarantee of future results”.  That’s just it, there are no warrantees in using history as a periscope to the future, but there’s certainly a lot we can learn by understanding the past in order to have an idea of what the future might hold.  When the CTN editorial board received this article from the author Geoff Huston we were excited to read it.  Geoff takes us on a “good things come in small packages” ride around the history of the internet in order to help him paint a picture of what he believes the next 50 years can bring.  Just think about it, 50 years ago the internet was nothing more than a handful of PDP-10/11 computing nodes with a few universities and government entities connected to it; today it is part of humanity’s functioning fabric, and some might say that it is part of the genome of an ever-evolving society.  What will the future internet look like? That’s the question that Goeff so eloquently tries to address, we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Miguel Dajer, CTN Editor-in-Chief

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