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The Internet’s Nearly Forgotten History

The 1970s: Speeding up and slowing down.

This is the story of EIN, the European Informatics Network (COST Project 11G), the treaty for which was signed at the UN in Geneva on November 23rd, 1971.

It can be seen as the first Pan-European experimental test-bed for a “concourse of computers” research infrastructure. EIN was shut down in 1978 and, as the COST evaluation report suggests, killed off by the European PTTs, i.e. the then-all-powerful national postal, telegraph and telephone monopolies.

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