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The RIPE Labs Podcast: Discover the Revolutionary Beginnings of the Internet from Pioneers

From Academia to Internet: Pioneers of EARN, NSFNET, and RIPE

Listen to the new episode of the RIPE Labs Podcast that delves into the early history of the Internet, featuring exclusive interviews with three key figures who were instrumental in its development. This episode provides a unique opportunity for the academic community to learn about the origins of the networks that have transformed research and collaboration across the globe.


  • Dennis Jennings: Director of the National Science Foundation Network (NSFnet) and the Founding President of the European Academic and Research Network (EARN).

  • Daniele Bovio: Technical Manager of EARN and member of the EBONE Action Team.

  • Daniel Karrenberg: Co-founder of RIPE and the RIPE NCC.

Gain a deeper understanding of the early academic networks that were critical to the development of the Internet.

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EARN (European Academic and Research Network) is among the organisations at the origin of GÉANT. In 1994, EARN merged with RARE (Réseaux Associés pour la Recherche Européenne) to form TERENA, the Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association. Then again, in 2014 the merger of TERENA and DANTE led to the establishment of the GÉANT Association. Read more about the early days of European Research & Education Networking in this CONNECT interview with Dutch internet pioneer Kees Neggers:

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