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In the 1960s, in the height of the communist scare, the pentagon wanted to create a system of interconnected communication system such that if one post is destroyed, the remaining would continue to work as a whole so that no data would be destroyed.

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Xiang Jerry He Mrs. Bell World History preIB Word Count: 2000 24 March 2002 Introduction In the 1960s, in the height of the communist scare, the pentagon wanted to create a system of interconnected communication system such that if one post is destroyed, the remaining would continue to work as a whole so that no data would be destroyed. Paul Baran was one of the scientists hired to discuss such a device. He advocated intertwined links like a fishnet among electronic devices; ironically this first borne idea of the Internet was turned down temporarily for some other project. But Paul Baran isn't going to let his idea drop; he soon joined a group of computer specialists in a secret research program called ARPA, where dozens of specialists joined together to weave the net into reality. However, there was a few problems: When many computers are connected to each other, how can we send information to the computer we want to send it to without also sending it to all the other ones? Many computers are based on different languages, how can these computers share information? These problems troubled ARPA for years until one night, as legend tells, when Vinton Cerf stared at the back of an envelope and came up with Gateway. ...read more.


(Holt 756) South Korea, however, did not go with the electronic industry but focused more on basic industries such as Steel and textiles. (Holt 766) As a result, though both Japan and South Korea started off with the same war-torn grounds and financial support fro the West, Japan was far more successful due to flexible policies. Same principle with the Internet, those countries that first adopted this new technology usually run ahead. Unfortunately, in the beginning only the wealthy developed countries can afford the Internet, and those that were left behind economically continued to be deprived. (Barrenechea 47) One of those fortunate countries that benefited from the boom in the Internet industry was Canada. In an editorial about the Canadian economy, Douglas indicated that the fast-growing telecommunications sector (with the computer/internet industry as its mainstream) generated 100.2 billion in revenues. Its contribution to the national domestic product increased 14 percent over last year. In his opinion, "Canada should keep on driving the high-tech sector, and become a very strong player in the world economy and in the world IT (Internet technology) sector." (Grolier) China is yet another country that benefited from the network. ...read more.


Viruses initially started as petty Jokes. As the Internet Worm in 1988, a graduate student at Cornel injected a self-replicating program called Worm into the Internet, hours later he found that the program have replicated much faster than he thought and had already infected many computers and caused them to crash. The estimated cost of installation of dealing with the worm ranged from $200 to $53,000, far more costly than the damage of all biological worms combined. (Ornstein 20) Conclusion Although the Internet presented many new problems that we never encountered before, we continued to develop the Internet faster than ever. Because despite it's down side, the Internet is an essential tool for the new millennium, or as Bill Gates predicted: every aspect of our life in the future will all tie together in the net. With the Internet the economy is in better hands. I tried to research for countries that had failed with Internet, but I found none. There're only those who now prospers under this new tool and those who cannot yet afford one. If Bill Gates is right about his predictions-that the Internet business would continue to grow and doubling every year-then I may just have a whole new episode to tell next year about new triumphs in the economy with the Internet. . ...read more.

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