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Thirty-five years ago, on October 29, 1969, the first Internet message was sent from computer science Professor Leonard Kleinrock's laboratory at UCLA to a computer 300 miles away at Stanford Reseach Institute, ushering in a new method of global communications that forever changed the course of business, politics, entertainment, education, law and social interaction.

To celebrate this historic event, Prof. Kleinrock and the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science held a special day-long forum on the UCLA campus on Friday, October 29, 2004. At that forum, the four fathers of the Internet and some of the other early pioneers of the Internet, as well as many of its rising stars spent the day taking a closer look at how the Internet came to be what it is today, how it has affected the world, and what it will be like tomorrow.

Official 35th Anniversary website.

These presentations are best viewed with the latest version of RealPlayer. A free version of the player is available.

  Pioneers of the Internet

Slide Show


  Opening: A Brief History of the Internet

  The Bright Side: Gorillas of the Internet
John Markoff (NYTimes)

  The Global Side: Impact Beyond Technology
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media)

  A Conversation with Eric Schmidt and Leonard Kleinrock:
Eric E. Schmidt (Google), Leonard Kleinrock (UCLA)

  The Young Side: The Indigenous Digital Generation
Clay Shirky (NYU)

  The Future Side: Pioneers and Visionaries
Bran Ferren (Applied Minds, CCO)

  Closing Remarks

To view this event you will need the most recent version of RealPlayer. Click on the Real logo to download the free software from RealNetworks.  

A note on the picture and sound quality

These programs do not reflect the usual quality of the material we present on this site. The picture and sound on the tapes that were provided to us for encoding and hosting do not meet our usual standards. However, the historical importance of this event makes it worthy of presentation here.

Streaming provided by UCLA Instructional Media Production, a division of the Office of Instructional Development (OID).