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<p>From as far back as 1971, the Arpanet Network Information Center (NIC) at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International or SRI), located in Menlo Park, California, maintained the official Arpanet Host Table. This work was carried out under contract to DARPA. Later, the same activity was carried out by the NIC for the Defense Communications Agency (DCA) and the Defense Data Network (DDN), of which the Arpanet eventually became one segment. In this Anecdote article, Elizabeth (Jake) Feinler describes the organizations and people involved in the early efforts at naming and addressing, in particular the transition to the domain naming system (DNS) and the origin of the top-level domains (TLDs).</p>
history of computing, Elizabeth Feinler, Arpanet, Arpanet Host Table, domain naming system, top-level domains, DARPA, dot com, Defense Communications Agency, SRI

E. (. Feinler, "Host Tables, Top-Level Domain Names, and the Origin of Dot Com," in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 33, no. , pp. 74-79, 2011.
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