Computer Society to Participate in UCLA Internet Anniversary

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 29 October, 2009 – The IEEE Computer Society will participate in the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science’s 40th anniversary of the Internet on 29 October.

On that day in 1969, a UCLA team led by computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock sent the very first message over the Arpanet, the computer network that later became known as the Internet. That event, recognized today as the moment the Internet was born, ushered in a technological revolution that has transformed communications, education, culture, business, and entertainment across the globe, leading to dramatic changes in our social, political and economic lives.

The daylong celebration and forum will feature influential Internet leaders, activists, and analysts offering valuable insights on the online opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

The speakers include: Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of One Laptop per Child and chairman emeritus of MIT Media Laboratory; Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post; Duran Duran bassist John Taylor; Blizzard Entertainment co-founders Mike Morhaime and Frank Pearce; Shiva Shivakumar, vice president and entrepreneur-in-residence, Google; Thomas Gewecke, Warner Bros. president of digital distribution; Symantec CTO Mark Bregman; and Cisco senior vice president Gary Bridge.

For a complete list of speakers and to register, visit www.engineer.ucla.edu/IA40/index.html.

The IEEE Computer Society has covered the Internet since its early days and launched IEEE Internet Computing in 1997. In conjunction with the UCLA event, the magazine has posted an interview with Kleinrock, from the March/April 1997 issue, about the Internet's origins, as well as a piece from the January/February 2000 issue in which he predicted where things might be today with the Internet. The articles are available for free download and viewing on Computing Now, the Computer Society’s online periodicals portal.

The March/April 1997 issue includes a detailed interview with Kleinrock about the Internet’s origins. The other article, running in the January/February 2000 issue, looks at the Internet’s future.

About the Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities.

The Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses. Its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The CS Digital Library (CSDL) is an excellent research tool, containing more than 250,000 articles from 1,600 conference proceedings and 26 CS periodicals going back to 1988.

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