The Internet is among the rare group of entities—whether inventions, ideas, or cultural phenomena more broadly—that began as a development within the U.S. Department of Defense and later came to be one of the most impactful social forces in a way unimagined by the initial developers, researchers, and scientists. The Internet, and later the World Wide Web, has to this day made a lasting impression globally. First conceived of as a last-ditch means of communication within the military in case the normal means of doing so were damaged by nuclear attack, the Internet was, in some ways, the bomb shelter of the realm of telecommunications. Later, when universities revitalized it as a means of sharing research, it took on the general “shape,” if you will, ...

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