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Where the Internet was born

UCLA History PhD student Brad Fidler has been working to recognize and restore the classroom (seen above in a photo from 1969) on campus from which the Internet announced its birth. Originally a US Defense Department initiative to establish a digital network of computers called ARPANET (The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), this grandfather of the Internet sent its first message from a lab at UCLA (to be exact: Boelter Hall 3420) on Oct. 29, 1969 to computers at the Stanford Research Institute. The history of room 3420 now has its own website, Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site and Archive, dedicated to preserving and educating people on an important bellwether chapter in our digital history.

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