Workshop: Internet History for CS Teachers


In CS education there is currently a lot of emphasis on coding. Our aim is to, via Internet History, promote a wider understanding of open network infrastructure, its past, its values, and its future. For some years Reuben Loewy has been developing the 'Living Online' Internet Studies curriculum. In this workshop, Reuben will share his experience teaching this curriculum to middle and high school students in the US and Canada, in addition to seeking input from participants on the challenges of teaching issues of often complex technical, theoretical, and ethical nature to youth.

In addition, there will be a guest keynote from Professor David J. Farber, a pioneer member of the Internet Hall of Fame.


Reuben Loewy teaches Internet Studies and Humanities at Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science. In 2015, Reuben set up Living Online Lab, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing, teaching, and promoting a curriculum specifically designed to prepare students for the unique challenges (and not just the perils) of the digital age. Born in London, Reuben is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Phil., International Relations). In his previous career as a foreign correspondent, Reuben reported from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Balkans. He has lived and worked in England, Scandinavia, Africa, and the Middle East before settling in Princeton, New Jersey.

David J. Farber helped conceive and organize the National Science Foundation's Computer Science Network (CSNet), which made then-experimental networking technology available to academic computer scientists and was instrumental in spreading the technology globally, to both industry and academia. Farber also helped plan and develop NSFNET and National Research & Education Network (NREN), efforts that led to the development of the current commercial Internet.

This workshop is sponsored by the Internet Society NewYork Chapter (ISOC-NY) as part of the global Internet Society Digital Schools Chapterthon 2017 with the support of the CSNYC+CSTA NYC Meetup . The workshop will be recorded for sharing with educators worldwide. Lunch will be provided.