Hello web user, welcome to my site! This site – as you can easily tell – will talk about the internet in general. It has the purpose of giving you some extra information about this marvelous thing that is part of our everyday life and that we couldn’t imagine living without it anymore. So, let’s start at the beginning – with the history of the creation and early development of the internet.
History of the creation of internet
According to historical sources, its emergence takes place in the context of the Cold War, in which the United States needed to develop a method of sharing and propagating information in a more efficient and decentralized way – in order to facilitate its war strategies. So it was in 1969 that the ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) created the ARPANET, a kind of prototype of the current internet that we have nowadays. The first connection established through ARPANET ocurred at 22:30 hours on October 29, 1969 between the University of California (UCLA) and the Stanford Research Institute. These were the words of Leonard Kleinrock (UCLA’s computer science professor) describing this historic event:
“We set up a telephone connection between us and the guys at SRI …”, Kleinrock … said in an interview: “We typed the L and we asked on the phone,’Do you see the L?'”
Yes, we see the L,” came the response.
We typed the O, and we asked, “Do you see the O.”
“Yes, we see the O.”
Then we typed the G, and the system crashed …
Yet a revolution had begun”
Gradually, the technology began to be used by other countries and changed its name from ARPANET to the name which we’re more familiar with – internet. However, for two decades the internet was mostly restricted to the academic field, it was only in 1987 that its commercial use was authorized in United States. In early 90’s the english scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the first browser of the history, the World Wide Web, while employed at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). This made it possible for the information contained on the internet to be much more accessible to any web user and culminated in the explosive expansion witnessed in the later years.
Thus, with the emergence of new browsers such as Internet Explorer, Netscape and Mozilla Firefox in the 1990s and social networks like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter in the 2000s the internet faced an exponential boom, with proportions never seen before in human history. Today, the internet is a fundamental part of countless areas of our daily life, being used as a work tool and as entertainment. It is estimated that about 3 billion people currently have access to the internet – and this number continues to grow at an impressive rate. We can’t deny that it is literally part of our lives and that it’s practically impossible to imagine the world of today without internet. If you want to read more in depth about the history of the internet I recommend the wiki’s page “History of the internet“, there you will know the minimum details that I did not mention here.
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