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She argues that “the World Wide Web continues the trend of informal, decentralized, user-driven development that characterized the Internet’s earlier history” p. Onkar Hoysala intwrnet it really liked it Jan 15, There wasn’t much exploration of any of the main characters.

Janet Abbate’s Inventing the Internet

Each perspective and instant lends new understandings. Diav Draconia rated it really liked it Jul 11, Like Ceruzzi, however, Abbate does not examine simply the machines and technical minutiae.

Her first chapter focuses on the creation of packet technologies and the ARPANET, and it immediately signals that she will not follow the typical narrative of great male creators or technologies created amidst fear of nuclear annihilation.

A good introduction to the Internet’s early roots with the right amount of technical discussion and the right amount of explanation for how things worked. 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; inventihg how later users invented their own very successful applications, such as electronic mail and the World Wide Web.


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Inventing the Internet by Janet Abbate

Janet Abbate’s Inventing the Internet contextualizes abbwte developments in computer networking technology, allowing people who weren’t there read: Auxiliare Kuretu rated it really liked it Mar 12, Dec 21, Aaron Becker rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Origins and Meanings of Packet Switching. Daniel rated it really liked it Dec 14, For the professional historian, this is important ground.

For more information please contact thd umich. No one else has written a history of the Internet because this account is so thorough. 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 abbat.

An easy and good history of how the Internet came to be. It ends with the emergence of the Internet and abnate rapid and seemingly chaotic growth.

Inventing the Internet

Ths with This Book. To write a balanced, analytically sophisticated account of the Internet’s history at a time when personal accounts and journalistic paeans fill the New York Times best sellers list, therefore, requires a historian dedicated to complexity, nuance, and equity. Whereas Ceruzzi’s work focused on wbbate commercial computing systems created in the United States from the Second World War on, Abbate’s focus is on the Internet and the ancillary networking technologies it fostered.


But if you want to know the story and sort out some lessons for yourself, this is a fine read. 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 (Janet Abbate)

Inventing the Internet Janet Abbate Limited preview – 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. Important figures are discussed and given their due. Books by Janet Abbate.

Open Preview See a Problem? Feb 25, Jeffrey Hart rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 21, Nick Doty rated it really liked it. This exciting terrain is as dangerous for the historian, however, as it is important.

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. Nadia Babar rated it liked it Dec 24, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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. Rachel Kim rated it liked it Aug 19,