The internet history. Ten clues to understand its importance today

The internet history. Ten clues to understand its importance today
Isabel del Rio

The internet started on November 21 1969, when a group of scientists developed Arpanet. They established a first connection between UCLA and Stanford universities.

The internet history. Ten clues to understand its importance today

Connected. Photo attribution Charles Rondeau

The internet first application was military.

Afterwards, they came emails, chats and forums.

“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.” Bill Gates.

Vinton Cerf is the father of the military internet, but Timothy John Berners-Lee is the main responsible of the current internet.

At the beginning, there were many doubts about e-commerce. However, webs like eBay and Amazon are now a reference of commercial changes on the web.

In 1998, Larry Pag and Sergey Brin founded Google. Being students, they started to work in the project in a legendary garage at Menlo Park in California. It was only a search engine but now, it’s synonymous of Internet.

Internet explorer was during many years the main browser. Now, we also have Chrome, Firefox, Safary or Opera.

“An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator… these are NOT three separate devices! And we are calling it iPhone! Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone. And here it is.” Steve Jobs.

Internet speed has been one of the main problems for years, when an image needed minutes to be downloaded. Now, it works at a speed of 50 mbps.

The internet goal is to defend freedom of expression and use.

Censorship is saying: ‘I’m the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine.’ But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word – even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice. Such power will collapse because of a whisper. Ai Weiwei.

The great problem of the internet are the crackers-hackers.

The internet could be a very positive step towards education, organisation and participation in a meaningful society. Noam Chomsky.

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