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Origin of the Internet (02:55)


The Internet was developed during the Cold War. Follow the acronyms such as DARPA and ARPNET as they come closer to the Internet of today. On October 29, 1969, the first message was sent over ARPNET.

Packet Switching (03:36)

In 1961, Paul Barand proposed breaking up messages into smaller packets. Packet switching was the perfect way to handle large amounts of data traffic in networks. Radio waves and then telephone wires were used to for transmission.

World Wide Web (04:00)

Initially the World Wide Web was a software package that used hypertext. In 1991, the first web browser came into being. Gopher is an information access protocol that predates the World Wide Web. Tim Berners-Lee is the father of the Internet.

Business on the Worldwide Web (02:32)

By 1993, the Web had 15 million users. Sharing texts, images, products, and services traveled through the Web. Between 1995 and 2000, a bubble of millionaires and million-dollar businesses emerged over the Web. The bubble burst in 2000.

Peer-to-Peer Sharing (03:18)

Google founders Sergei Brin and Larry Page sold the search engine for $1 million in 1999. Today it is valued at $200 billion. Napster software made it possible to share songs and bypass licensing agreements and intellectual property rights.

Identity Protection (04:31)

Identity and information security prompted Tor software originally designed to protect government communications. Today, Wikipedia represents a form of collective intelligence.

Web 3.0 (02:00)

Web 3.0 is a third phase in the evolution of the World Wide Web. It is based on the idea that the Internet 'understands' the pieces of information it stores and is able to make logical connections between them. The user has only to sit back and let the Internet do all the work.

Credits: Virtual World: Quirky Science (00:44)

Credits: Virtual World: Quirky Science

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The Internet was invented during the Cold War and launched in 1969. Yet it wasn’t made for the public. In fact, it was developed for the army to communicate quickly and secretly so that no spies could intercept and no bombs could disrupt the sharing of information. It was nothing like what we know today. This program takes a look at the history of the Internet, the 1972 introduction of electronic mail, and the launch of the World Wide Web. Nobody was paying attention to Tim Berners-Lee and his pet idea, even though he had a radical new way for scientists to share data by linking documents to one another over the Internet. Berners-Lee took his invention to the people: with a website. He brought us the Internet we know today, with its seemingly unlimited potential—from research and communication to mass protests in the street. So what will the future bring us—and how will Web 3.0 change us? Part of the series Quirky Science. (25 minutes)

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL50332

ISBN: 978-1-62290-690-1

Copyright date: ©2011

Closed Captioned

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“Shows the development of the Internet from its initial manifestation as a communications and retrieval tool into its current phase of interactive, social networking.” —Science Books & Films

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