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Who is the 'Mother of the Internet'?


Author's Note

People made fun of Al Gore for claiming to "invent" the Internet (although that's not actually what he said, and he was instrumental in securing funding for the research, but whatever), but Perlman is a reluctant celebrity at best. I think that her story is an interesting one, though --she's an incredibly intelligent and curious person who came up with some revolutionary ideas during the birth of the Internet. I agree that the "mother" title is silly and pointless. If anything, I'd like her to be more well-known for helping inspire girls to go into what are still male-dominated fields, like software engineering.

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