History & Mission

Our History

Dartmouth demonstrated its leadership in information assurance research by establishing the Institute for Security Technology Studies (now known as the Institute for Security, Technology and Society) in January 2000 as a national resource for cybersecurity, counter-terrorism and information infrastructure protection.

A Brief History of Computing at Dartmouth

Dartmouth’s history in computer science goes back more than 50 years. Some highlights include:

  • A demonstration of remote computer access over telephone lines by George Stibitz (Bell Labs) in 1940
  • The coining of the term artificial intelligence (AI) in 1956 by Dartmouth mathematics professor John McCarthy.
  • In the 1960s, Professors John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz created the BASIC computer language and expressed their belief that all students would likely be affected by computers and should thus be given the opportunity to learn something about them.
  • One of the first universities to provide all students access to email and the first Ivy League school to offer wireless network access on campus.

Our Goals

  • Research: To extend knowledge and provide insight and innovation in the area of information security
  • Education: To increase the number of students and faculty involved in technology research, and to increase community awareness of privacy and security challenges and solutions related to IT
  • Outreach: Through collaborations that deploy technology and encourage knowledge transfer for both public and private benefit