From the April,
1998 PC ALAMODE Magazine:
|It seems like everyone has become inured to the Internet and the "internetisms"
being tossed about like tennis balls. We have become saturated with network
jargon; all movie previews end with a URL being flashed on the screen and
the President gives speeches which mention "amazon.com". But this article
is not about an Internet society, it is about The Internet Society and
it's relevance to San Antonio.
The Internet Society (ISOC) occupies a unique niche in the evolution of the Internet. As many people know, the success of the Internet is directly related to the development of the non- proprietary network protocol standards which underpin many network technologies. Most of these standards were created in the days of the DoD funded ARPANET and were sustained by government research funding. In the early 1990s, Vint Cerf and some of the other original internetworking pioneers became concerned about future support for the various working groups which debated and published the standards. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) were all involved in this process. The Internet Society was formed in January 1992 to assist in the funding of the IETF and to provide an open, international forum for the internetworking standards administrative process. It has grown into a large organization with many programs and a very good bi-monthly publication called "On The Internet." Their comprehensive Web site (www.isoc.org) offers a great deal of information on the organization and I will refer the reader here for more details on their activities.
So why is membership in this organization useful and important? Is the $35 per year membership fee a "good deal" for the Internet user in San Antonio? In my opinion, the answer is a resounding "yes!" and here are some reasons why:
Consider all of this if you are seriously interested in using technology to benefit our community and positioning San Antonio to enter a very networked new millennium. Contact Richard Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Join ISOC on-line: www.isoc.org/isoc/membership/.
Richard Murphy is a manager at the Southwest Research Institute, where he is involved with the support of scientific data analysis, the development of advanced network applications, and the design of metropolitan area networks. He is a past president of Salsa.Net, a member of ISOC and the ACM, and a participant in the mayor's task force on information infrastructure.