Soul of the Internet; Net Gods, Netizens and the Wiring of the World

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What exactly is the Internet? A technical definition will focus on the Internet as a computer network, in fact a network of networks, with millions of machines linked by wires and signals. Yet behind these machines live the people who developed this amazing phenomenon that has changed the face of business and society. These people are the focus of Neil Randall's book. Extensive interviews with the top personalities involved in the development of the Internet are interwoven with thought-provoking commentary and ...
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Overview

What exactly is the Internet? A technical definition will focus on the Internet as a computer network, in fact a network of networks, with millions of machines linked by wires and signals. Yet behind these machines live the people who developed this amazing phenomenon that has changed the face of business and society. These people are the focus of Neil Randall's book. Extensive interviews with the top personalities involved in the development of the Internet are interwoven with thought-provoking commentary and analysis. We hear the voices of Vinton Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee, Mark McCahill, Robert Cailliau, James Gosling, Jun Murai, Brewster Kahle, Robert Kahn, Dennis Jennings, and many others telling their stories in their own words, and the author places these stories in their technological, social, educational, and commercial contexts.

Covering an as yet undocumented Internet topic--the history of the Internet--this book, chronologically organized, covers all important events that led to the development of the Internet. The book is full of interviews with the top personalities involved in the beginning, development, and continuing success of the Internet.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781850321910
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 369
  • Product dimensions: 7.59 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Preface
Prologue: Is This a Frankenstein I See Before Me?
Ch. 1 It's All Cuz o' Them Commies! Maybe ... 1
Ch. 2 If You Build it, They Will Log On 19
Ch. 3 No, Really, It's Gotta Work Tomorrow! Toward the First Demo 37
Ch. 4 Vint Knows Protocol: The Birth of TCP/IP 57
Ch. 5 And How Do I Get an "A"?: The Other Student Movement 83
Ch. 6 It's News to Me: USENET's Beginnings and Expansion 99
Ch. 7 A Bit of This, A Bit of That: CSNET, BITNET, and the Great White NetNorth 113
Ch. 8 The NSFNet Takes It Into the '90s 133
Ch. 9 Overload! Overload! Information Wants to Be Known 147
Ch. 10 Burrowing Towards Bethlehem: Gopher and the New Promise 163
Ch. 11 The Web 177
Ch. 12 War in Europe: The Rise and Decline of the OSI Empire 201
Ch. 13 Far East and Down Under: Japan and Australia 233
Ch. 14 Can You Really Do Business on This Thing? Commerce and the Net 247
Ch. 15 The People Rise Up: U.S. Congress, Censorship, and Parental Control 267
Ch. 16 The Net Hits the Mainstream 285
Ch. 17 The Cost of Being Cool: The Explosion of Internet Multimedia 303
Ch. 18 There's War A' Brewing: Netscape, Microsoft, and the Browser Mentality 315
Ch. 19 Future Communities: Socializing and Educating in the Internet's Future 333
Epilogue: The Soul of the Internet 345
Index 359
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