Thirty years ago, on 30 April 1986, researchers and technicians of CNUCE of Pisa first connected a computer on Italian soil to the ARPANET network, the initial core of the Internet. That day was the culmination of long years of study and experimentation on computer networking and satellite connections: the set of skills that made Italy the fourth European nation to connect to the American network, after Great Britain, Norway and Germany.
It was because of this experience that CNUCE was assigned to manage the Registry of domain names in the Italian ccTLD, .it, a service still provided today by the Institute of Informatics and Telematics of the CNR in Pisa.
“Therefore, 29 April will be Internet Day: a day to celebrate together the meaning of the revolution that began 30 years ago and to make a commitment to bridging the digital divide in the next four years.”
With these words, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi launched the Italian Internet Day celebrations: a day to remember the pioneers of CNUCE of Pisa who in 1986 connected Italy to the Internet, and a day to look forward, to new ultra-wideband infrastructure, to ICT research and innovation, to digital skills in schools and businesses and to digitalized government services.
Internet Festival 2016 will take place from 6 to 9 October in Pisa. As part of the 2016 Festival programme, Registro.it, co-founder of the event along with the Region of Tuscany, the Municipality of Pisa, the University of Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore, Scuola Sant’Anna and the Chamber of Commerce, will present a series of events connected to the celebration of thirty years of Italian internet.
The Festival programme will be presented in September 2016.