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Re: cookies history

From: Dave Kristol <dmk@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 09:19:10 -0400
To: Gyula Lanyi <gyulanyi@sympatico.ca>
Cc: http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com
Message-id: <3DB7F34E.2020607@acm.org>

Gyula Lanyi wrote:
> Hi, my name is Tunde (I am a student) and I'm doing a research about 
> cookies. So far, I've got lots of information about them, but I couldn't 
> figure out who invented it and when, and what was its original purpose.
> If you, please, can help me, how and where to find out more about the 
> "cookie-history", I would be very thankful.

The short answer to your question is that Lou Montulli invented cookies 
at Netscape sometime in 1994 to facilitate electronic commerce applications.

I suggest two resources:

1) The Cookie Central web site (cookiecentral.com) contains lots of 
information about cookies, though I don't see any specific section on 

2) My paper, "HTTP Cookies:  Standards, Privacy, and Politics," 
available at <http://arXiv.org/abs/cs.SE/0105018> (and published in 
roughly the same form in ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, Vol.1, 
#2, Nov., 2001) covers the evolution of the HTTP standard, which isn't 
exactly what you want.  (However, look at the first section of the 

Dave Kristol
Received on Thursday, 24 October 2002 09:22:52 UTC

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