Inventing the Internet / Edition 1

Inventing the Internet / Edition 1

by Janet Abbate
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262511150

ISBN-13: 9780262511155

Pub. Date: 07/31/2000

Publisher: MIT Press

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

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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 Internets 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. She concludes that such applications continue the trend of decentralized, user-driven development that has characterized the Internet's entire history and that the key to the Internet's success has been a commitment to flexibility and diversity, both in technical design and in organizational culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262511155
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/31/2000
Series:
Inside Technology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
622,612
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(6)
White Heat and Cold War: The Origins and Meanings of Packet Switching
7(36)
Building the ARPANET: Challenges and Strategies
43(40)
"The Most Neglected Element": Users Transform the ARPANET
83(30)
From ARPANET to Internet
113(34)
The Internet in the International Standards Arena
147(34)
Popularizing the Internet
181(40)
Notes 221(20)
Bibliography 241(18)
Index 259

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