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Janet Abbate recounts the key players and technologies that allowed the Internet to develop; but her main focus is always on the social and cultural factors that influenced the Internet’s design and use. 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 compu Janet Abbate recounts the key players and technologies that allowed the Internet to develop; but her main focus is always on the social and cultural factors that influenced the Internet’s design and use.
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.
In Inventing the InternetJanet Abbate recounts the key players and technologies that allowed the Internet to develop; but her main focus is always on the social and cultural factors that intsrnet the Internets design and use.
The story she unfolds is an often twisting tale of collaboration and conflict lnventing a remarkable variety of players, including government and intermet agencies, computer scientists in academia and intetnet, graduate students, telecommunications companies, standards organizations, and network users. It ends with the emergence of the Internet and its rapid and seemingly chaotic growth. Abbate looks at how academic and military influences and attitudes shaped both networks; how the usual tje 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 Intednet Wide Web.
She concludes that such applications continue the trend of decentralized, user-driven development that has characterized the Internet’s entire history and that the key to the Internet’s success has been a commitment to flexibility and diversity, both in technical design and in organizational culture.
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May 21, Nick Doty rated it really liked it. A history, of infrastructure and of people.
Mar 05, Christopher Mitchell rated it really liked it. A good introduction to the Internet’s interneh roots with the right amount of technical discussion and the right amount of explanation for how things worked. Sep 03, Jack rated it really liked it Shelves: So, where did the internet come from?
Inventing the Internet (Janet Abbate)
As I type this on my laptop on my couch, the question seems almost absurd — like where does electricity come from. But it turns out that’s a pretty interesting storytoo.
SoAbbate covers a lot of ground in pages, from the very early days of the computer networking, to evolution of the world-wide web.
What she does best is to make it possible to see the world prospectively — to see it before we know who wins. She does a great job of talking about pac So, where did the internet come from? She does a great job of talking about packet switching, and way in the early ‘s packet switching seemed like a potentially really mediocre idea.
She recounts the kicking and screaming with which many of the greats of computer science were forced to join ARPAnet, and gives them a fair hearing. She reminds us that we built the internet largely to build the internet, and many of the initial reasons proved useless and unexpected reasons were why it is so useful to us today. This ability to help understand history is remarkable, and a rare gift for a writer– far too much history is really hagiography.
She tells a good story. In contrast, her analysis of why some things happened to win is sometimes superficial, and her general inventihg are not that extensive. So, she sums up: These included having multiple competing service providers wherever feasible; designing the system to maximize the number of operational decisions that could be made at the local level; and, in cases such as protocol standards where it is necessary to have a single decision-making group, having that ghe be inclusive and democratic.
Abbate has a deep faith in the power of decentralized groups of smart people working in good faith, and that is a faith I wish more people had. But the preceding paragraph is a verbatim quote of the vast majority of the high-level analysis of the book. If you want a book of “lessons from the Internet”, rather than a news-like tne of thee growth of it, this is not the book for you.
But if you want to know the story and sort out some lessons for yourself, this invrnting a fine read. Dec 21, Aaron Becker rated it really abbte it Shelves: Janet Abbate’s Inventing the Internet contextualizes early developments in computer networking technology, allowing people who weren’t there read: Abbate points out, to the initial puzzlement of someone teethed in AOL chatrooms, that networking technology was never “destined” to be as indispensable as it is today.
As part of a generation that views internet Janet Abbate’s Inventing the Internet contextualizes early developments in computer networking technology, allowing people who weren’t there read: As part of a generation that views internet technology’s simplicity as a given, learning the historical development of computer networking illuminated technical details and structural concepts of which I had only been vaguely aware.
Contemporary standards appear so ubiquitous that the debates out of which they grew have faded into memory– Abbate taps into those memories to reconstruct the intellectual environment that gave rise to the internet we now take for granted. The only thing I found lacking in this book was a glossary of acronyms– there are dozens of them, and keeping track of their meanings and connections often required a good deal of page turning.
Feb 25, Jeffrey Hart rated it it was amazing Shelves: The is the best book I have read about the early history of the Internet. Based on correspondence and interviews with the key people, Abbate provides clear answers to many of the questions that surround that history.
Inventing the Internet
This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand how we got here. Nov 25, Benjamin Malnor rated it really liked it.
Janet Abbate does a great job explaining all inventihg people and organizations involved with the creation of the internet. From networks to the computer programming Janet gives an all encompassing picture of factors that led to the creation of the internet.
Feb 11, Lizzie rated it it was ok Shelves: Decent overview of how the Internet came to be. She does a good job of incorporating the social elements that also contributed to the invention, not just the technology advances. It was however fairly dry reading. There wasn’t much exploration of any of the main characters.
Overall, if you want inventijg quick book to explain things, this one isn’t a bad starting point. This exquisitely researched social history guides its reader through a dizzying array of abbreviations and acronyms and will leave any one passionate about the Internet with a thorough understanding of the social, political, and economic history of its development.
Jan 13, Sridhar Jammalamadaka rated it intetnet was amazing Shelves: I loved this book. It narrates the history of internet.
Jun 22, mcburton rated it really liked it Shelves: No one else has written a history of the Internet because this account is so thorough. Nov 22, Rahmad rated it really liked it. An easy intrnet good history of how the Internet came to be. I read this for school.
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