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A Brief History of the Internet


A brief overview history of the internet, from its libertarian founding to its more regulated organization today.  It contains a timeline of significant events in that evolution.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this chapter, students will be able to:

  • Describe the four major phases associated with the growth of the internet and the major technological, political and economic developments associated with each

  • Define significant terms associated with the growth of the internet

  • Describe in basic terms the technical specifications of the internet, as well as what unique facets distinguish it from other technologies

  • Describe key political issues which have arisen in the growth of the internet and describe the ways in which technological closure has begun to occur in regards to these issues.

Questions for Discussion

  1. How has the privatization of the Internet changed/altered its development?

  2. Would Twitter, Facebook, or other popular social media platforms, e-commerce, etc. have been possible without a privatized Internet?

  3. How does a privatized Internet impact states as actors in the international system?

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