The First 30 Years of the Internet

April 12, 2001

Bob Braden offers a brief insider's survey of the evolution of the Internet communication protocols over the past 32 years, what we thought we were doing, what we did right as well as some things we did wrong.

Bob Braden has been recognized for his long history of contributions to both the Internet and the networking community. He was a member of the original research program that developed the TCP/IP protocols, and he served for 13 years as a member of the Internet Activities Board that guided the technical evolution of the Internet starting in 1981. Beginning in 1970 he played a role in the development of some key protocols for the ARPAnet and the Internet, including the File Transfer Protocol (FTP), the Transport Control Protocol (TCP), and the Reservation Protocol (RSVP). He has also held numerous leadership positions within the Internet community. A contributor to the Internet Engineering and Research Task Forces (IETF and IRTF) since their inception, he has served as IETF RFC (Internet Request for Comments Series) co-Editor and Chair of the IRTF End-to-End Research Group. Bob is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).