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History of the Internet


How the Internet Came to Be, Part 1
How the Internet Came to Be, Part 2
Vinton Cerf, as told to Bernard Aboba

Many who know of his work call Vinton Cerf the Father of the Internet. Among other achievements, he was a principal developer of ARPANET and is credited with authoring the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) language, which is crucial for Internet functioning. He was there at every step of early Internet development, and his history of the 'net is a technically oriented, detailed, comprehensive narrative of who did what when. "How the Internet Came to Be" outlines the Internet's main players and technology moves as it describes challenges of building the net .

Cerf provides an incredibly detailed wealth of information about the specifics of the development of the 'net. It can change one's perceptions of the Internet: rather than thinking of it as a thing out there, existing autonomously, Cerf' reminds us that the 'net was built, step by step, by people who figured out how to use or invent technology to give birth to a new medium. It is the fruit of brilliance, hard work, and collaboration. N.B.: this piece was last revised in 1992. While the two sections aren't linked together, they form a coherent narrative.

Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet
Michael Hauben and Ronda Hauben

Michael Hauben, working in collaboration with Rhonda Hauben, examines the concept of "netzien," someone who contributes to the collective and cooperative character and functionality of the 'net. This extensive netbook looks at the history and development of Usenet and the Internet and speculates on the future implications of Net citizenship, concluding with a proposed draft Declaration of the Rights of Netizens.



hduggan said:

One thing about the power divide is that it is created from both sides at once--powerfulness is created by powerlessness is created by powerfulness. You can tear down the divide from either side by simply failing to assume the role. Not fighting it against, but seeing your way around it. Seeing your own power in the larger scheme of things. Seeing this place as a piece of your context, rather then the other way round.

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