Tuesday, April 3, 2007
A History of the Internet
This article talks about how the Internet was formed. Many of us do not know how or when the Internet began, but we do know why it was formed though. It was formed because it enabled us a sense of freedom, meaning we could do anything on there. Today, business, governments, academics, and militaries are using the Internet for many different reasons. For example, in the education area, teachers want their students to use the Internet as a source for doing scholarly research. Email has also become popular now because it is much faster than the United States mail. Now, it is time for us to wonder how the Internet came into being. During the early years of the Cold War, the RAND Corporation was trying to figure out a way for the United States authorities to communicate with other countries. RAND finally came up with strategy that included a set of principles in which a network would have a set of nodes. Each node would have its own authority to originate, receive, and pass along messages. The messages would be divided into packets which were then sent separately to different countries. The first corporation to do this strategy was the National Physical Laboratory in Great Britain in 1968. After its success, other corporations began to do the same thing. By the 1970s and 1980s, computers were becoming more powerful and more corporations were in possession of them. In the mid-1980s, most of the computers were starting to link up with other networks, which late became known as the Internet. After reading this article, it seems that it took many decades for the Internet to come around. Now that we are in the 21st century, we can thank the people who helped form the Internet because without it, society would not have the advancements in technology.