Back in 1969, nobody thought the internet would become the lifeblood of our world the way that it has today. Back then it was more of a backup plan.
The idea was that if there was ever a Soviet nuclear strike, we wanted a way to continue communicating with each other. As a result, it wasn't invented by Silicon Valley techies in their garage, it was made by the military's then-new division, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
They were more trying to create a phone system than anything else, but someone in the UK also had the idea that it would be helpful if you could send "packets" which contained data.
Tim Berners-Lee goes on the long list of people you may have never heard of that absolutely transformed the world.
He's the guy who invented the World Wide Web in 1989.
Contrary to what you may believe, the internet and the web are not the same thing. The web is the system many of us use to navigate the parts of the internet that we most frequently use on a daily basis. Think of it as the web linking websites and similar web resources out there, but not what you use when you download apps on iTunes.
Since then, Berners-Lee has worked tirelessly to expand the efficacy of the web and the amount of opportunity people have to use it. He was named one of the TIME 100, listing the most impactful people of the 20th century, and in 2004 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
Former Vice president Al Gore has taken so much flack for claiming he invented the internet, you probably believe he actually did it.
The famous "I invented the internet" quote was part of a rambling monologue he gave essentially laying out his resume in an interview with Wolf Blitzer.
Then came Declan McCullagh from Wired who saw what Gore said and decided to write about it, jabbing at Gore for claiming to create something that was launched in 1969, when Gore was 21 and nowhere near a position of any authority.
After that, Gore's political opponents helped push the snowball down the hill until everyone was joking that Gore claimed he invented the internet and even now, over a decade and a half later, you probably still remember this being a thing.
But what Gore was trying to reference was a real thing he did that was incredibly impactful. He sponsored and pushed through Congress the 1991 High-Performance Computing and Communications Act. It was so much Gore's baby that it was known as the Gore Bill
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