‘The Internet Turns 40’ by Steve Jones: First in a Series of OII Lectures on the Emerging Field of Internet Studies

The Internet Turns 40

‘Midlife Crisis or Grand Challenge for Computer-Mediated Communication?’

Monday 10 May 2010 11:15 – 12:45

Location: Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 1 St Giles Oxford OX1 3JS

Registration: Please email your name and affiliation to events@oii.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1865 287209


  • Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Jones was the founding head of the Association of Internet Researchers and has continued to be a leading figure within that association.


On October 29, 1969, Leonard Kleinrock’s research team at UCLA transmitted a message from a computer to another one located at Douglas Engelbart’s Stanford University research lab. That transmission was the first to send a message via ARPANET using packets, just like messages are sent via today’s Internet.

The presentation will use the occasion of the Internet’s fortieth birthday to discuss research being undertaken at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and its consequences for future forms of computer-mediated communication and for the Internet.

This is the first in an occasional series of lectures on Internet Studies. The series is designed to inform the development of a handbook on Internet Studies that Bill Dutton is editing for Oxford University Press. Bill welcomes suggestions of additional speakers.

Comments are most welcome