Celebrating the digital revolution in Amsterdam

Access to open internet has radically changed our lives, our economy and our society as a whole. To mark the beginning of this digital revolution, several leading technology businesses and organisations in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area have planned a series of interesting events. Throughout these celebrations, we will look back to the origin and rise of the internet. But first and foremost we will look ahead to the future, to the possibilities, solutions and infinite opportunities the internet still has to offer us in so many areas. The programme includes:

  • 11 to 13 December 2013: Meeting of the Minds
  • 14 December 2013: Visualisation of the internet during the Amsterdam Light Festival
  • 15 January 2014: 20 years of The Digital City

The founding fathers of Dutch internet

Anticipating the importance of this special moment in history, Dutch journalist and author Peter Olsthoorn has published a series of interviews with 14 of the most influential, national internet pioneers called The Founding Fathers (M/F) of Dutch Internet.

Included in this series is an interview with Ted Lindgreen, the initiator of NLnet, a foundation that introduced the internet to Dutch trade and industry. He is now responsible for adapting the Dutch Railways’ infrastructure in order to develop a national network of internet access. Also included is an interview with Piet Beertema of CWI, the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands. Beertema is the former head of the Amsterdam centre of EUnet, where he brought the first actual open internet connection between the Netherlands and the USA into effect.  

Read more in the web book (in Dutch): http://www.netkwesties.nl.