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RBTC: Special 30yr Anniversary of the Web: “Pub-Panel Event: Tribal Song of the Internet Graybeards”

June 27, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Special 30yr Anniversary of the Web – “Pub-Panel Event: Tribal Song of the Internet Graybeards”

Come join RBTC’s Cyber Security Forum to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the World Wide Web at the Internet Graybeard Pub-Panel talk!  After the work day on June 27th, plan to sit and enjoy BBQ and beer together at the Big Lick Brewing Co (downtown Roanoke) as regional Internet Graybeards recount their stories of how the modern Internet came to be and pass along this tribal song onto the next generation.  Panelists include Bernie Cosell (creator of the ARPAnet IMP routers), Andrew Cohill (creator of BEVnet), and key VT network engineers & architects who together helped forge the early Internet in the US & spread access to the Web in SW Virginia.

In honor of this anniversary and these key Internet milestones, we’ve assembled together some of the regional giants upon whose shoulders helped build these systems.  This Graybeard panel will weave their stories, tales, and lore, as well as answer questions about how we built the Internet that we all use today.  This must-see event has limited seating at the brew pub, so don’t wait to RSVP!

Did you know? 2023 is the 30-year anniversary of the World Wide Web http standard and the first graphical web client Mosaic (1993) – one of the key “killer apps” that lit the explosive growth of the web and cleared the way for the eventual commercialization of the Internet in 1995. The foundation of the Internet, however, stretches much further back into the 1950-60s. A key critical year in this story was 1969 when the ARPAnet (the military’s research network) routed its first packetized connections between research universities using the Interface Message Processors (or IMPs), the first ARPAnet routers, which in turn led to the development standardized SMTP based email, TCP/IP, Usenet, and eventually how ARPAnet gave way to NSFNet and which then led to the commercialization of the Internet in 1995.

This special Cyber Security event will also get into local defining moments from the 90s through the 2000s such as the VT/Blacksburg’s, the spinoff BizNet ISP, Network Virginia, VT-Sprintnet, the MARIA fiber backbone, and more.

Thank you to our 2023 CyberSecurity Forum partners, Virginia Cyber Range, and 1901 Group for making these events possible.

Learn more & register here!


June 27, 2023
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Big Lick Brewing Co.
409 Salem Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24016 United States
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