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Rachel Kim rated it liked it Aug 19, The digital technologies being developed, and their social, political, economic, and cultural impacts deserve wide and serious historical investigation. The new digital mythologies of the twenty- first century will also be an significant area of investigation in coming years.

Inventing the Internet

Since the late s the Internet has grown from a single experimental network serving a dozen sites So, she sums iinternet As I type this on my laptop on my couch, the question seems almost absurd — like where does electricity come from.

Rather she shows that important efforts in Europe such as the French Cyclades and Minitel projects and Tim Bern Lee’s work at CERN in Switzerland were crucial to the development of networking technologies and standards.

Their ends were often personal and social, and they occasional ran directly counter to the interests of the institutions funding their efforts. It places the development of the Internet and networking technologies in a global context, countering the perception that the Internet was a invejting American creation. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Inventing the Internet by Janet Abbate.


Inventing the Internet (Janet Abbate)

Selected pages Title Page. Inventing the Internet is a metaphor for continual creation, and historians are fortunate to have such a well-told creation analysis at a time when creation myths abound. The importance of the Cold War and military concerns is clearly articulated, but Abbate also stresses that the history of the Internet is “a tale of collaboration and conflict among a remarkable variety of players” and that it provides a case study for “how technologies invventing socially constructed p.

With the example of email, Abbate also proves convincingly that it is wrong to regard the Internet simply as a creation of the military, industrial, university research fhe.

Inventing the Internet by Janet Abbate

Want to Read saving…. If the Internet is to continue as an innovative means of collaboration, discovery, and social interaction, it will need to draw on its legacy of adaptability and participatory design.

She does a great job of talking about pac So, where did the internet come from? It ends with the emergence of the Internet and its rapid and seemingly chaotic growth.

Invsnting 22, Rahmad rated it really liked it. Abbate looks at how academic and military influences and attitudes shaped both networks; how the usual lines between producer and user of a technology were crossed with interesting and unique results; and how later users invented their own very successful applications, such as electronic mail and the World Wide Web.


Daniel rated it really liked it Dec 14, Her background She worked as a computer programmer in the s and early s before pursuing graduate studies in history at Rutgers University enables her to recognize the social and cultural dimensions of the Internet’s development and to present them clearly as an interconnected web of causation that is perfectly appropriate for her topic.

Important figures are discussed and given their due. Each perspective and instant lends new understandings.

From the beginning, the Internet drew people, technologies, standards, and views together in powerful synergies that transcending boundaries, according to Abbate. This delightful book is really Decent overview of how the Internet came to be. Janet Abbate’s Inventing the Internet contextualizes early developments in computer networking technology, allowing people who weren’t there read: The Origins and Meanings of Packet Switching.

Piotr rated it really liked it Dec 22, Books by Janet Abbate. Mauricio Santoro rated it really liked it Nov 18, Diav Draconia rated it really liked it Jul 11, Since the late s the Internet has grown from a single experimental network serving a dozen sites in the United States to a network of networks linking millions of computers worldwide.

Overall, if you want a quick book to explain things, this one isn’t a bad starting point.