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Since 2005, the International Internet Day has been famously celebrated to commemorate a momentous day in the history of telecommunications and technology. This was the event of the sending of the first electronic message which was transferred from one computer to another in 1969 via ARPANET, the U.S. Defense Department’s newest communications system. ARPANET is an acronym for The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. This was later developed into the World Wide Web, or the Internet that we know today.

Ray Tomlinson introduced network email in the year 1972. In 1973, the University College of London and The Royal Radar Establishment in Norway connected to ARPANET. A year after that, Vinton Cerf and Bob Kahn, the Fathers of the Internet, published a book known as “A Protocol for Packet Network Interconnection”. It details the design of Transmission Control Protocol, or TCP. This is a standard that defines how to establish and maintain a network conversation through which application programs can exchange data. It works hand in hand with Internet Protocol, or IP. This defines how computers send data packets to one another.

Ever heard of IP address? Every device has one. It is a numerical label assigned to each device connected to a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication.

In 1976, Queen Elizabeth II sent her first email via the internet. Later, in 1979, USENET formed to host news and discussion groups. Here, users may create their discussion topics or contribute to existing threads within an existing topic.

In 1981, The National Science Foundation provided a grant to establish the Computer Science Network or CSNET to provide networking services to university computer scientists. A year later, Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and IP  as the protocol suite. It commonly became known as TCP/IP, and it emerged as the protocol for ARPANET. 

In 1983 The Domain Name System (DNS) established  .edu, .gov, .com, .mil, .org, .net, and .int system for naming websites. This is easier to remember than the previous designation for websites, such as 123.456.789.10.

A year later, William Gibson, the author of “Neuromancer,” became the first person  to officially use the term “cyberspace.”

Symbolics.com, the website for Symbolics Computer Corp. in Massachusetts, became the first registered domain in 1985.

In the year 1997, Netflix was founded by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph. At the time, it was only a company for renting and purchasing DVDs. The Google search engine was born in 1998, changing the way users engage with the Internet.

The Internet Protocol version 6 was introduced in 1998 to allow for future growth of Internet Addresses. The famous dot-com bubble burst in 2000. Web sites such as Yahoo! and eBay were hit by a large-scale denial of service attack.

WordPress was launched in 2003, and a year later Facebook was open to the world. Mozilla Firefox web browser was also launched that year.

Youtube was launched in 2005, Twitter in 2006, and the Google Assistant in 2016.

In case you were wondering, Rickrolling went worldwide in April 2008.

Remember, the internet is no place to make fun of others. Try to avoid trolls and trolling.

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