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Inventing the Internet

Inventing the Internet - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0262011723

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ISBN13: 978-0262011723
ISBN10: 0262011727
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Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: MIT Press
Published: 1999
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Inventing the Internet - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0262011723

Janet Abbate

ISBN13: 978-0262011723
ISBN10: 0262011727
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: MIT Press

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

Since the late 1960s the Internet has grown from a single experimental network serving a dozen sites in the United States to a network of networks linking millions of computers worldwide. In Inventing the Internet, Janet Abbate recounts the key players and technologies that allowed the Internet to develop; but her main focus is always on the social and cultural factors that influenced the Internet's design and use. The story she unfolds is an often twisting tale of collaboration and conflict among a remarkable variety of players, including government and military agencies, computer scientists in academia and industry, graduate students, telecommunications companies, standards organizations, and network users.

The story starts with the early networking breakthroughs formulated in Cold War think tanks and realized in the Defense Department's creation of the ARPANET. It ends with the emergence of the Internet and its rapid and seemingly chaotic growth. Abbate looks at how academic and military influences and attitudes shaped both networks; how the usual lines between producer and user of a technology were crossed with interesting and unique results; and how later users invented their own very successful applications, such as electronic mail and the World Wide Web.

Author Bio

Abbate, Janet : University of Maryland


Janet Abbate is a Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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