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Internet Society Begins Publication of OnTheInternet

1995

Expanding on the vision of Internet Society News, ISOC debuts its bimonthly, four-color membership magazine, OnTheInternet, in 1995. Helmed by Wendy Rickard, OnTheInternet and its online version, eOTI, position the Internet Society as a thought leader at a time when the Internet’s inluence is broadening beyond academia and into every aspect of how society works, learns, plays, and even loves.

The magazine attracts such luminaries as John Perry Barlow, Dorothy Denning, Geoff HustonJohn Klensin, Veni Markovsky, Janet Perry, Larry Press, Madanmohan Rao, George Sadowsky, and Nicholas Trio–who, among others, serve as contributors for features, columns, book reviews, technical briefs, and social commentary. Twice-yearly issues devoted to emerging Nations and Public Policy underscore the Internet Society’s increasing inluence on the global stage and earn the publication both industry accolades and publishing awards. OnTheInternet and eOTI continue through their January/February 2002 issues.

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Lawrence Landweber Succeeds Vint Cerf as Internet Society President

1995

Founding Board Member and Internet Society Vice President for Conferences Lawrence Landweber becomes president of the Internet Society when founding president Vint Cerf steps down from that position and in the interim before the Board establishes the current, employed position of president and CEO. Landweber’s tenure coincides with the NSF’s decision to stop subsidizing the registration of domain names for all but the .EDU and .GOV domains, and Network Solutions, Inc.’s corresponding institution of a fee for domain name registration; while president, he initiates the Internet Society’s proposal to revise the governance of the Domain Name System (DNS).

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ISOC Board Amends By-Laws to Reflect Creation of New Position of Employed President

1995

The Internet Society moves to a new model of governance, whereby “[T]he Chairman of the Society, with the approval of the affirmative vote of at least a majority of the members of the Board of Trustees then in office, shall have the authority to appoint the President of the Society, who shall function as the Society’s Chief Executive Officer and shall be responsible for the day-to-day conduct of the Society’s activities. The President shall perform his duties subject to the direction of the Board of Trustees, and for such compensation and on other terms and conditions as the Board of Trustees shall determine.” The following year, in June 1996, the Board appoints Donald Heath as the Internet Society’s first President under this definition.

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ISOC US Washington, DC Chapter Chartered

October 1994

The Internet Society US Washington, DC Chapter becomes the Internet Society’s second chapter, and the first of what will grow to become five Internet Society chapters in the United States.

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First Internet Society Chapter Founded in Japan

August 1994

The first Internet Society chapter is founded in Japan by, among others, Toru Takahashi, who is instrumental in bringing the Internet to Japan and promoting it throughout Asia in the 1990s. The chartering of the Internet Society Japan Chapter fulfills Internet Society Trustee Hideo Aiso’s statement at INET ’92 in Kobe that there was “great interest in Japan in forming a chapter of the Internet Society.”

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INET ’94 Prague

13-17 June 1994

INET ‘94 is organized jointly by the Internet Society and Internet Society Charter Member RARE (Réseaux Associés pour la Recherche Européenne; now TERENA). In addition to the presentation of technical papers and reports on networking progress, challenges, and approaches from around the world, a number of presentations reflect the growing interest in the World Wide Web at a time when traffic on the Web is doubling every two-to-three months. Topics include an evaluation of the “radically new media” represented by the World Wide Web and HTML, a look at the direction that commercial services are taking in relation to the emerging “Infobahn (or Information Highway)”, and a proposal for extending the Web to “support platform independent virtual reality”, via a proposed VR markup language (VRML).

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ISOC Board Establishes Principles for Chartering of Internet Society Chapters

1994

With Resolution 1994-13, the Internet Society Board of Trustees establishes the principles that will enable the growth of Internet Society Chapters, which will consist of local groups of Internet Society members and will go on to play a significant role in advancing the Internet Society’s values globally. As of December 2013, there will be 100 Internet Society Chapters throughout the world.

Chapters bring together individual members who share an interest and belief in the Internet Society’s principles and mission and who are committed to furthering the Internet Society’s goals and objectives in their local environments. Chapter members form communities that assume responsibility for a variety of programmes and activities, while also comprising a larger, global community—as many graduates of Internet Society workshops and training programs also help found Internet Society Chapters of their own.

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IANA Recognizes Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) as a Regional Internet Registry (RIR)

1994

Originally established in 1992 to administer address space and to facilitate communication, business, and culture using Internet technologies, APNIC is publicly recognized by IANA as a RIR in 1994. APNIC has memoranda of understanding with the Internet Society and a number of ISOC Chapters for a variety of partnerships that include mutual support of organizational functions as well as policy and educational activities.

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INET ’93 San Francisco

17-20 August 1993

The third INET conference—and second under Internet Society auspices—is held just north of Silicon Valley, home to much of the pioneering work on the Internet and its associated technologies. As Internet Society Vice President for Conferences Lawrence Landweber observes in his welcoming remarks, INET ’93 “is the first global networking conference to take place since the existence and availability of networks and their services have become known to the general public.” The conference features an expansion of sessions on Internet technologies amid parallel tracks on Network Technology, Network Engineering, Application Technology, User Applications, Policy Issues, and Regional Issues.

The first of the Developing Country Workshops created by George Sadowsky takes place at Stanford University in the days leading up to INET ’93.

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Internet Society Launches Developing Country Workshops

10-14 August 1993

In the days leading up to INET ’93George Sadowsky conducts the Internet Society’s first Developing Country Workshop (DCW) at Stanford University. The workshop, for which Internet Society Vice President of Conferences Larry Landweber authorizes a $50,000 grant from the Internet Society budget, provides 126 individuals from 67 countries with hands-on training in basic connectivity, building and managing TCP/IP networks, and network navigation and resource discovery. From 1993 to 2001, over 1,300 participants from 94 countries attend the DCWs. Virtually all developing counties that connect to the Internet between 1993 and 2002 will do so with the help of people trained at these workshops. Additionally, many of the participants go on to found or help found Internet Society chapters in their home countries.

Read an Internet Hall of Fame article on 2013 inductee George Sadowsky and the Developing Country Workshops here.

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Network Startup Resource Center Founded

October 1992

The non-profit Network Startup Resource Center is formally founded to develop and deploy Internet networking technology to dozens of countries throughout the world. With shared goals in the realms of Internet outreach and development, the Internet Society finds a partner in the NSRC for conducting workshops to train engineers in developing countries in TCP/IP—the Developing Country Workshops that begin in the days leading up to INET ’93 and continue as a prelude to subsequent INET conferences.

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POISED Working Group Formed

August 1992

In response to a number of issues that first arose at INET ’92 in Kobe, including those involving the relationship between the Internet Society, the IAB (Internet Architecture Board), the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force), and the IRTF (Internet Research Task Force), the IETF establishes the first Process for Organization of Internet Standards Working Group (POISED). In June 1994, RFC 1640 offers an account by Working Group Chair Steve Crocker of the factors that led to the Working Group’s formation and of its work in progress.