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The History of The Internet & Interesting Stats

by Christine McDannell

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I’m always fascinated with the origins of different technologies, and I love analyzing interesting statistics. Here is some of the history of the net: The Internet may seem like a pretty advanced medium for communicating, but we're still really in the infancy of its growth. Although it has technically been around since the early 70s, the internet has only been popular for private use for about the past 15-16 years. Let’s put this in perspective: The television was first commercialized in 1925 and even the simple advancement of color TV sets did not come to the public until almost 20 years later!!

Get this: The internet was originally developed in the early 1970s by DARPA- the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - as a means to share information on defense research between involved universities and defense research facilities. It was originally used as a means to share information on defense research between involved universities and defense research facilities. Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf invented the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) which moves data on the modern Internet, in 1972 and 1973. If any two people "invented the Internet," it was Kahn and Cerf - but they have publicly stated that "no one person or group of people" invented the Internet. (note: Contrary to popular belief, Al Gore never said he invented the internet, though he really did have a substantial part in the US legal framework and governmental issues related to it.)

While the internet has become HUGELY popular in the past decade and a half, there is still a very large percentage of the world's population (almost 3/4 of the people on Earth) that DO NOT use the internet on a daily basis. That number is shrinking quite quickly though. If current trends of growth continue, the number of people using the internet could MORE THAN DOUBLE in the next 10 years.

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