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The Internet 30 Years After

The internet is the reason you are reading this. It is why some of the most successful people on Earth are where they are today, from Jeff Bezos to Mark Zuckerberg and the very famous Bill Gates. The internet also is why many have been subjected to shame and ridicule, with some losing their lives as a result of the pressures from it.

But how did this global phenomenon come about?

In the early 1900s, Nikola Tesla toyed with the idea of a “world wireless system”. In the 1930s and 1940s, Paul Otlet and Vannevar Bush conceived the idea of mechanised, searchable books and media storage systems.

The first practical schematics for the Internet arrived in the early 1960s when MIT’s J.C.R. Licklider popularised the idea of an “Intergalactic Network” of computers.

Shortly after, computer scientists developed the concept of “packet switching,” a system of transmitting electronic data.

In 1969, remote computers communicated directly for the first time. Then 1983 saw the adoption of the Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) standard.

In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee in a proposal laid out the basic concepts of the World Wide Web which included some portions of the HTML, URL, and HTTP (websites and hyperlinks).

And 30 years ago in March, the web which we see as the internet today was invented.

The web helped popularise the Internet among the masses and served as a crucial step in developing the vast trove of information that most of us now access on a daily basis.

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