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A Brief History

The Western Military Establishment required a secure, rugged computer network that could span large distances and did not rely on any form of central control for its operation.

Great Britain set up the first network based on these principals in the nineteen-sixties.

At about the same time the US Department of Defence's Advanced Research Projects Agency supplied funding for a much bigger project known as Arpanet.

Arpanet was to became the kernel of the Internet. Arpanet allowed members of the research community to share computing resources over long distances. Researchers quickly extended Arpanet into something much more useful, a place to share information, collaborate on projects and gossip. News and email became part of the network.

During the nineteen-seventies, other computer networks linked up with Arpanet. All that was required to connect networks of diverse computers was an adherence to the protocol of the Internet, TCP/IP.

TCP/IP stands for Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol and is the "language" that allows all computers, no matter what operating system they work on internally, to "talk" to each other over the network.

The nineteen-eighties and nineties saw, the Internet broaden far beyond its government and military origins, with educational organisations, community organisations and commercial organisations all attaching themselves onto the network.

Growth escalated in mid 1990's with the emergence of the World Wide Web.

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