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Networks of InnovationChange and Meaning in the Age of the Internet$
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Ilkka Tuomi

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269051

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269051.001.0001

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The Making of the Internet

The Making of the Internet

(p.54) Chapter 4 The Making of the Internet
Networks of Innovation

Ilkka Tuomi

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the early phases of the evolution of the Internet. More exactly, the focus is on that point of time when computer networking was only an idea. Although there are excellent histories of the Internet, it is necessary to provide enough historical detail to make the origins of the Internet understandable. The chapter describes how electronic communication systems evolved and laid conceptual and material foundations for computer networks. It also introduces leading actors who played key roles in the early phases of computer networking.

Keywords:   Internet, computer networking, conceptual foundations, communication systems, historical detail

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