Thank you for visiting the Kleinrock Internet History Center website.
KIHC (pronounced ‘kick‘) is a collaboration between scholars from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, humanities and social sciences departments, and our philanthropic partners.
KIHC was founded in 2012 at UCLA to bring together scholars and students across the university and from other institutions to promote research, teaching, and public interest in the history of the Internet. KIHC encourages research on questions of why the Internet developed into the particular forms we find it in today, and its impacts across the domains of our lives — cultural, economic, political, and more.
Working with the UCLA University Archives, the Center is also developing a physical and digital archive focused on documents that exist at UCLA due to its involvement with the ARPANET in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. UCLA, for instance, was host to one of the original four nodes of the ARPANET, the first global packet-switching based network built by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) to connect users operating from different computer platforms around the U.S. Over the years the four-node network became one of the major foundation of today’s Internet. KIHC’s documents provide a rich overview of early visions about the Internet’s social and economic potential, as told through hand drawings, maps, design sketches, photographs, personal exchanges, and published manuscripts. Drawing from this collection, KIHC’s guided tours and revolving exhibits explore the Internet’s political and social development into the 21st century, highlighting the collaborative and material nature of the Internet in general.