Creators of internet talk censorship, misinformation online

Some of the internet’s original architects spoke about tackling disinformation online at the Jack Morton Auditorium Thursday.

A panel of three pioneers inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame discussed misinformation, China’s “Great Firewall” and how they helped shape the internet into what it is today in an event moderated by Shelly Heller, a research professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. About 160 people attended the event, part of the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation’s Science Unscripted program.

The panelists identified aspects of the internet, like the development of social media sites and search engines, that have surprised them. They said the internet was an experiment in its early days intended to be a laboratory model, but the network “escaped” and now has become an essential part of everybody’s life.

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