BIRTHDAY INTERNET SOCIETY !
III "ITALY'S CONTRIBUTION TO INTERNET DEVELOPMENT"
3.4 USERS AND SERVICE
|From University to civil
and commercial networks: the 'Miners'
- My introduction
to telecommunications was triggered by a memorable event and a person.
- The event
was the snowfall in January 1985 that blocked traffic and communications
over half of Italy.
- The person:
Gianni Degli Antoni.
- I lived
in Verona and studied Information Science in Milan. I flunked an exam because
I didn't arrive in time to register at my faculty terminals, in the university
- This gave
me the idea, since modems already existed, to logon remotely to the server.
- I didn't
know how to go about this, I spoke … with the janitor… who sent me to the
librarian Giancarlo Dalto … who sent me to the Department Supervisor: Gianni
- He said,
"Go for it!" and wrote an invitation for other students to join
in and help with the project. After one week we held a meeting, ten of
- The first
university IT association was born: the "Miners".
- In this
short space I can only give the briefest outline of our work.
Network Researchers and Students
registering for exams, library bookings, software for thesis papers.
- IT Laboratory
for resident students, BBS Fidonet.
and forward email network (with support for instructors!).
participation and provision of services (the first such) to student bodies
(until then within the exclusive remit of the political word).
and participation at European student conferences and support for ERASMUS
collaborations: Bocconi, IULM, EARN.
collaborations: with S. Chang, J. McAfee and K. Bostic for BBS and development
of antivirus, with G. Pearson for porting of MNP software.
- At the
start the group consisted of just a few more than the "steering committee":
me, Vittorio Piceci, Roberto Negro, Alvise Doglioni Majer and Francesco
- At the
end there were almost 500 of us, and we had well developed contacts with
external groups: from the interface with the Olivetti SEVA network to sysop
support for the explosive market of networks.
- Here our
story intertwines with another: the Internet boom in Italy.
- In 1994
I founded I.NET together with Marco Negri, Franco Groppi and with help
from Roberto Galimberti (Etnoteam), our Business Angel.
- But we
owed it all to the unforgettable Miners!