Internet Governance Forum Timeline

We apologize for the delay in posting this information – we learned just days ago that our father’s application for social security disability benefits had been rejected. He’s definitely disabled, but he tried to apply without a lawyer and that resulted in a bad outcome that could only be reversed with an appeal. With very limited time to get the information together, we finally convinced him to hire a local SSD attorney instead of going it alone. After scrambling to get the paperwork in order, we finally have time to get back to this post. The lawyer tells us that our chances are very good, given the fact that his disabilities are recognized by the courts and that his doctors all support his claims. Back to the timeline…

  • October 29, 1969 — first message sent via ARPANET
  • November 21, 1969 — first permanent ARPANET link
  • 1970 — first US coast-to-coast link
  • 1971 — first email sent
  • 1972 — Jon Postel begins network registry activities under what is eventually known as the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority)
  • 1973 — first file transfer, first satellite links (Hawaii & Norway)
  • 1975 — ARPA transfers project to Defense Communications Agency (both US Department of Defense agencies)
  • 1979 — DARPA founds ICCB (Internet Configuration Control Board, later IAB or Internet Advisory/ Activities Board)
  • 1983 — US military network (MILNET) split from ARPANET; Internet Protocol/ Domain Name System management implemented
  • 1984 — TLD (Top-level Domains) officially deployed
  • 1984 – 1986 NSFET created by US National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • 1986 — IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) created by the US government
  • late 1908s – 1988 — First completely international TLD (.nato) developed, then replaced by .int
  • 1989 — by the end of the year, the countries connected to the Internet include the United States, Scandinavia, Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and the Netherlands
  • 1992 — ISOC (Internet Society) created; this international non-profit organization absorbs IAB and IETF, oversees standards, public policy, and education concerning Internet use and development
  • 1995 – 1997 — “DNS Wars”;  NSI (Network Solutions, Inc.) begins charging for certain TLDs (.com, .net, .org) on behalf of the the United States NSF (National Science Foundation)
  • 1998 — IANA becomes part of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned names and Numbers)
  • 2002 — United Nations General Assembly proposes global summit on ICT (Information and Communication Technology); ICANN decides to reduce “at large” and direct election participation by the global Internet community
  • 2003 — WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) in Geneva…focused on bridging “global digital divide” between rich and poor countries’ Internet access…WGIG (Working Group on Internet Governance) formed to develop governance ideas
  • 2005 — WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) in Tunis…US rejects EU proposal to relinquish control of ICANN…IGF (International Governance Forum) formally proposed, agreed to consult on governance issues but not to become involved with ICANN’s day-to-day operations
  • 2006 — Convening and inaugural meeting of IGF in Athens, first two rounds of consultations
  • 2007 — IGF workshops, second meeting of the IGF (Rio de Janeiro)
  • 2008 — IGF third meeting (Hyderabad, India), open consultations, and MAG (Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group) meetings

While this timeline contains some major points of interest it is by no means complete. We are gathering more detailed as well as updated information presently. We expect to be able to update this site with that newer information shortly. We are always keeping an eye out for more current or accurate information. If you are familiar with anything of interest in this topic please feel free to send it over for us to take a look at & validate. Again, we appreciate all of our readers as well as our sponsors. Without you none of this would be possible.

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