The Internet History Wiki
The Internet is perhaps the single most drastic development in human communication to date. Of course, the Internet has evolved over time. It is a result of what we call Networking Science.
The Internet is also directly related to the rapid development in computing and Computer Science. Without compute, what would the Internet really be? Arguably we should make this timeline about compute and the Internet, covering both network and computer science milestones, but we would probably become overwhelmed. So while we cannot completely separate the two, we lean more heavily on the networking science part.
- Where did it begin?
- What have been some of the major Network Science milestones and events that have shaped the Internet over its history?
This WIKI has been a pet project at CellStream to answer those questions.
We found many sites with various information, but we were always frustrated by
- missing links and events
- oversimplification of a complex history (everyone wants it brief and therefore inexact)
- lack of images and pictures of the people and technology (although we see Wikipedia has started to improve this).
Furthermore, while some folks had similar projects they often stopped working on them with recent history completely missing, and therefore even more frustrating as the Internet continues to evolve, arguably even faster than it did in the 1990's.
We separated this work from our Telecom History Timeline project as the Internet itself deserves special treatment.
The history of the Internet is being written daily. We think that understanding the technologies and events from where it all started, as well as the important highlights along the way is revealing and fascinating. Furthermore, it has had such a huge impact on society that it continues to deserve watch and record.
We hope visitors find enjoyment in our work as the information contained inside is full of facts gathered from a variety of sources. If you would like to work with us on this project, please let us know.
The "Internet" is a word that was derived from the word "Internetworking" - the communication between multiple computers, people, or networks. You can see the growth of the Internet over time as represented by the growth of the BGP tables over time:
Here is an interesting historical view of the Internet thanks to the great folks at www.caida.org Historical View of the AS Core Select any of the pages below:
The following sources have been used or are in use in building this information on Internet History:
- Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_history