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Who Really Invented the Internet?

Gordon Crovitz: Who Really Invented the Internet?

Contrary to legend, it wasn't the federal government, and the Internet had nothing to do with maintaining communications during a war.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000087239639044446430457753...

Blogger Brian Carnell wrote in 1999: "The Internet, in fact, reaffirms the basic free market critique of large government. Here for 30 years the government had an immensely useful protocol for transferring information, TCP/IP, but it languished. . . . In less than a decade, private concerns have taken that protocol and created one of the most important technological revolutions of the millennia."




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The legacy of Al Gore


Internet pioneers Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn stated that "we don't think, as some people have argued, that Gore intended to claim he 'invented' the Internet. Moreover, there is no question in our minds that while serving as Senator, Gore's initiatives had a significant and beneficial effect on the still-evolving Internet."

Cerf would later state: "Al Gore had seen what happened with the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956, which his father introduced as a military bill. It was very powerful. Housing went up, suburban boom happened, everybody became mobile.

Al was attuned to the power of networking much more than any of his elective colleagues. His initiatives led directly to the commercialization of the Internet. So he really does deserve credit."

Former Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich also stated: "In all fairness, it's something Gore had worked on a long time. Gore is not the Father of the Internet, but in all fairness, Gore is the person who, in the Congress, most systematically worked to make sure that we got to an Internet, and the truth is – and I worked with him starting in 1978 when I got [to Congress], we were both part of a "futures group" – the fact is, in the Clinton administration, the world we had talked about in the '80s began to actually happen."

Al Gore and 32 other Internet pioneers, innovators and global connectors were inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame on April 25 as part of the hall of fame's inaugural class at the Internet Society's Global INET 2012 conference in Geneva.

Gore, whose actual quote in 1999 was, "I took the initiative in creating the Internet," was praised by the Internet Society as a global connector for "sponsoring legislation that funded the expansion of and greater public access to the Internet." Gore was the first of government officials to recognize that the Internet's impact could reach beyond academia, to fuel educational and economic growth as well," the group's description of Gore states.

Link: Al Gore Inducted into The Internet Hall Of Fame


I Read the Article...

This article doesn't begin to disuss all the players that were involved, as I recall from first-hand knowledge.
In the early 1970's, government contracts were awarded to Hughes Aircraft, who, in cooperation with TRW (I think) built a series of sattelites called 'INTELSAT'. This was a military network of communication devices, global in reach, that linked the crude (by today's standards) computing systens and communications of our military.
During that time, us kids (whose fathers worked on this stuff) used to play around, writing computer game programs like 'Chess', using BASIC, and got to learn all kinds of stuff.
In '75, I took an Honors mathematics course in 9th grade called 'Computer Math', that linked the classroom via ITT 'TELETYPE' machines to Harbor general Hospital's 'mainframe'. This was the hospital that was used for the filming of the T.V. show 'Emergency'. They were using 'Basic' and 'Fortran IV', and this could be considered to have been an 'internet' as well.
The larger defense contractors (like Hughes) were directly responsible for the tech advances that led to the assembly by private individuals of higher-power machines. 16k became 32K became 128K, and the real breakthroughs happened with the IBM '8088', which allowed for fast transfer of data (fast at the time, although phone modems were still the standard, as DARPA had kept the sattelite transmission capabilities locked up).
The 'Xerox' thing was a bit player, a 'straw man'. Hughes, TRW, IBM, and OTHER DEFENSE CONTRACTORS were far more involved in origination of the basis of the modern-day 'WWW'.
Of course, the Apple and Microsoft 'private-sector' inventors were players, but mainly with SOFTWARE (Microsoft) and HARDWARE (APPLE). I seem to recall some long-gone news stories about where THEIR funding was funnelled from (fronted through legit companies)...
Add to this the telecommunications advances, the private sattelite launches, the basic 'INTEGRATED CIRCUIT' tech, microwave cell towers, and everything else, ALL in one way or another either directly or indirectly related to GOVENMENT FUNDING in the MILITARY interests, and perhaps spun off for 'private sector' usage, and you might begin to get the picture.
Back then, two big inventions were 'VELCRO' and 'TANG', both for the NASA flights (along with the IC driven computers on board the manned space flights, and the whole 'binary codex'). You think these were NOT invented by the 'government', but later became popular for the public sector?

This article quoted is mainly a superficial B.S. straw-man simplistic 'fringe' story, with no useful info beyond the knowledge that the 'gatekeepers' want YOU to know about.
In MY opinion, that is...

I AM
MONTGOMERY SCOTT

I Almost Forgot!

AL GORE also played a HUGE part! As a 'politician', he invented this 'www', a series of TUBES...along with TED STEVENS!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtOoQFa5ug8

I AM
MONTGOMERY SCOTT

Al Gore invented the internet

Al Gore invented the internet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnFJ8cHAlco

But seriously, it's amazing how the fortunes of Apple and Xerox diverged largely because Xerox failed to recognize the potential of their own technology.

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why big Al, of course

what a fliggin jeanus ol Gore boy was. Dang T

I thought

Al Gore invented the internet. LOL

It IS An Incovenient Truth

That many fail to realize, that ALBERT DID invent the 'internets'.
He is accomplished in many other ways as well. He also invented 'global warming' and 'Carbon Credits'.
HE IS THE MODERN-DAY TESLA!
Gore Jr. and Einstien share the same FIRST NAME! Let THIS be your sign!
Gore married Tereza Heinz. I like Heinz ketchup.
Her first husband, Senator Heinz, died in a mysterious 'small plane crash'. I don't like flying in 'small planes' either.
The TIDES foundation (Tereza and Al's green-funding 'blind trust', in SF, CA., funnels money to 'La Raza', the militant communist Mexican group that wants to take over the Southwesrern United States by force. 'La Raza' means 'The Race' (of people). I like PEOPLE.

I BELIEVE!
ALBERT GORE JR. REALLY DID INVENT THE INTERNETS!
THE BLUE HELMETS WILL SAVE US FROM OURSELVES!

I AM
MONTGOMERY SCOTT

Hmmmmm

I thought Tereza Heinz married John Kerry...

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?