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Gordon Crovitz: Who Really Invented the Internet?

• Wall Street Journal
It's an urban legend that the government launched the Internet. The myth is that the Pentagon created the Internet to keep its communications lines up even in a nuclear strike. The truth is a more interesting story about how innovation happens—and about how hard it is to build successful technology companies even once the government gets out of the way.

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Comment by Rocky Frisco
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What a steaming pile of uninformed crap.  All those words and not one mention of the man who made it all happen. J. C. R. Licklider wrote the paper that caused the federal government to give 13 million dollars to start the internet and personal computing and it was his team that got it off the ground. I watched it all happen as he described the ideas and methods they were generating, in letters to my grandmother, his aunt, Lura Irene Licklider. I was a kid and a big sci-fi fan, so I explained to her what it was about. Arpanet was his baby. Search on his name to learn the real truth.


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