Today marks the 40th anniversary of request for comments (RFC) documents that, as Steve Crocker who wrote the first RFC says, have shaped the inner workings of the Internet and have played a significant role in its success.
In an op-ed in the New York Times today, Crocker writes: "When the R.F.C.'s were born, there wasn't a World Wide Web. Even by the end of 1969, there was just a rudimentary network linking four computers at four research centers: the University of California, Los Angeles; the Stanford Research Institute; the University of California, Santa Barbara; and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The government financed the network and the hundred or fewer computer scientists who used it. It was such a small community that we all got to know one another..."
Read full story: New York Times
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