History of the Internet

19 Aug

How well do you know the Internet? The class we had this week discussed where it all started.

Internet today began when the first commercial telegraph was created in the year 1837. Back then, the dot-dash code was used wish is much similar to the binary code that a computer uses. In the year 1851, the first undersea cable was built across the English channel and soon led to the first trans-Atlantic cable built in 1858 to allowed direct instantaneous communication across the Atlantic but with quite a price.

With such an invention and creation, there began the dramatic shift in world-perception. People start to get more interested in knowing other culture from far off-places, following events in real-time, and even the weather report was brought in. During then, geographical time zone was created as well. And suddenly the world is connected and linked by wires exchanging information.

In 1876, Alexander Bell invented the telephone which allowed verbal communication from different location. And again, history was made. New inventions never stopped, the radio was introduced in the year 1895. Now people can enjoy listening to music from home without leaving home and soon led to the first television transmission in the year 1924. Meantime, Charles Babbage theorized the first computer known as the Analytical Engine. Surprised much, the first program was written by a woman named Countess Ada Lovelace. As time goes, Herman Hollerith found the first Tabulating Machine Company that is later known as IBM.

When Sputnik was launched by the Soviet Union for the purpose of nuclear warheads, it was a big concern that connections or links of the network would broken after a nuclear war. So, the RAND proposal was made public in the year 1964 proposing that a network would have no central authority and is designed from the beginning to operate while in tatter. It was during the 60’s where RAND, MIT, and UCLA kicked off the new concept and The National Physical Laboratory in Great Britain tested the network principles in 1968. The first node was installed in the UCLA in 1969 and by the end of the year, four such nodes was created named ARPANET. Making use of such technology, the first email was send in 1971.

From then, the Internet never stopped  growing  in terms of uses. From email, to instant messaging, to news updates, and even to social networking.


Nafis, F. 2012 A Global Nervous System. August 13 [lecture] Selangor: University of Wollongong.

Sterling, B, 1993 ‘A Short History of the Internet’, pp.1-6, accessed 19/8/2012,


Posted by on August 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


6 responses to “History of the Internet

  1. irenechia

    August 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Agree with you. Due to the creation, people can know each other from different country like what you mentioned about the culture. By knowing their culture can prevent from misunderstanding among their countries. That is where people started to build business relationship with different countries. 🙂

  2. meinyee

    August 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm


    Well done for this blog posting as you stated clearly about the story of internet. But once I finished read your blog, I feel like I need to edit my blog 😦 Anyway keep it up for your following posting 😀

  3. ramconvergmedia

    August 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with you that with the internet people learn about other cultures, beliefs, religions and way of life. I concur with you that learning more about others can help to prevent misunderstanding among the diverse population of the world, and promote business trust and relationship among the world’s populace. With more and more people posting snippets of their lives, portraying their culture and practices on the Internet, we no longer feel alienated from the rest of the world and are able to embrace our differences and appreciate one another. In fact, the Internet is a great tool for cultural education and integration.

  4. jeswena

    September 4, 2012 at 7:55 am

    First off, I find your information flow very clear which makes it easy on the eyes. Secondly, it is true that the Internet is ever-growing and ever-changing, and we will not be surprised by whatever comes next due to the drastic innovation of the Internet over the years. In addition, the fact that people show more interest in other cultures is a plus because, as Ram mentioned, when people learn about different cultures, they start appreciating the differences and be more understanding towards cultures other than their own.

  5. aryssafahmy

    September 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    There are benefits for everyone when using the internet. We not only able to get out work done, but we also get to know about other cultures as well. Like Irene mentioned above, it can help build business relationship. There won’t be any harm, if we know how to be a good internet user. 🙂

  6. on9censorship

    September 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Agree that internet will never stop growing. From the past applications ICQ invented to video conference that even enable to use in a smartphone.
    Wondering what is the next thing we will be surprised by the internet? Teleportations that enable user to transfer physical things? We used to see it in games and I think they are still inventing for it.


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