Making Sense of the Internet Timeline
For our discussion of Internet history, and the future of the "Darknet," its "evil twin," try to figure out how important events in the 'net's history maps onto your own life.
What was the original "backbone" of the 'net constructed to serve when it was "ARPANET," and what did that acronym stand for? How did the Internet change from an American institution to an international one?
In what year was the first email sent?
In what year did the first destructive program intentionally crash a significant portion of the 'net? Extra credit: who created it?
In what year was the "WorldWideWeb" introduced (i.e., what the "www" stands for)?
In what year did the first commercial retailers set up virtual "shops" on the Web?
What were the most important events happening on the Internet in the year you were born?
Notice when Robert Zakon's timeline for Internet growth ceases--2017 (as of 8/14/2017). Clearly the whole enterprise has become too complex to map with a single "timeline." How would you begin to continue that maping process with online innovations that have happened in the year since then while you were active users of the 'net? Comparison with Mark Hilbert's timeline of the rise of new types of digital information might yield some insights about the relationship between the Internet as a system and digital information as a form of "text."