Posted by: rshalomw | August 4, 2012

DID THE GOVERNMENT INVENT THE INTERNET?

Americans have heard in the past that Al Gore invented the Internet. It is amazing how the  “know it all” Gore takes credit for this.  The following viewpoint will give you an insight to consider.

The Government in America is becoming massive and that is in direct violation of the checks and balances that were to be upon the Government according to the Constitution.

Invented the Internet
by Kerby Anderson

Who invented the Internet? If you ask this question, you are likely to get lots of different answers. The humorous answer is that Al Gore invented the Internet. He did coin the term “the information superhighway” in a speech. Later in a CNN interview, he stated, “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.” But no, Al Gore didn’t invent the Internet.
Actually, no one person invented the Internet. If you look at its history, you will find various names associated with the development of a global network that came to be called the world-wide web. But many people assume the Internet was built by the government, especially since various politicians point to it as an example of the importance of government funding and research.
Media executive Gordon Crovitz took the time in the recent editorial to refute “the urban legend that the government launched the Internet. The myth is that the Pentagon created the Internet to keep its communications lines up even in a nuclear strike.”1
The idea of the Internet may have started with Vannevar Bush. He was the presidential adviser during World War II who oversaw the development of radar and the Manhattan Project. He proposed that we build a “memex” through which “wholly new forms of encyclopedias will appear, ready made with a mesh of associative trails running through them, ready to be dropped into the memex and there amplified.”
In the 1960s, technologists began to connect separate physical communications into a global network. Yes, the federal government was involved, but in a modest way and it wasn’t to maintain communications during a nuclear strike. People like computer scientist Vinton Cerf came along and developed the protocols necessary for the various networks to communicate with each other. In fact, many of the top researchers realized they couldn’t wait for the government to connect different networks. They did it themselves.
The true history of the Internet is not one of government planning and funding, but one of private actions and innovation. I’m Kerby Anderson, and that’s my point of view.


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