On July 26, 1989 A federal grand jury indicts Cornell University student Robert T. Morris, Jr. for releasing the Morris worm, thus becoming the first person to be prosecuted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Robert Morris went on to cofound the online store Viaweb, one of the first web applications, and later the venture capital funding firm Y Combinator, both with Paul Graham.
On July 27, 1976 was born Demis Hassabis. He is a British artificial intelligence researcher, neuroscientist, video game designer, entrepreneur, and five times winner of the Pentamind board games championship. He is also a co-founder of the company DeepMind Technologies. DeepMind Technologies aims to meld insights from neuroscience and machine learning with new developments in computing hardware to unlock increasingly powerful general-purpose learning algorithms that will work towards the creation of an artificial general intelligence (AGI)
On July 29th 2001 died Herwart Holland-Moritz, known as Wau Holland. He was a German computer security activist and journalist. In 1981 he cofounded the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), one of the world’s oldest hacking clubs. The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) is Europe’s largest association of hackers with 7700 registered members.
On July 30th 1975 was born Kate Starbird. She is an American computer scientist. Starbird studies educational possibilities of social media as well as Crisis Informatics. Her research sits at the intersection of computer science and social science and falls within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW).
On July 31th, 1926 was born Hilary Whitehall Putnam. He was an American philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist. Outside philosophy, Putnam contributed to mathematics and computer science. Together with Martin Davis he developed the Davis–Putnam algorithm for the Boolean satisfiability problem and he helped demonstrate the unsolvability of Hilbert’s tenth problem.