Part 12 - The internet

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2007, 12:00am


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Read about the history of the internet by visiting the Computer History Museum at

Listening skills

Listen to and take notes on the computer and internet oral histories.

B A historical day

March 21, 1909 - Edmund Berkeley was born.

The Harvard University graduate wrote one of the first books on computers, Giant Brains, or Machines that Think.


The good old days . . . Victoria Harbour, Central and Victoria Peak at the beginning of the 1900s. People communicated mostly by letter, and spent their free time reading, talking and playing.

Conduct your own oral history project

What was life like before the internet?

You may need to ask older family members, friends or your teachers.

You will need to prepare your questions beforehand, and bring a recording device or pencil and note pad with you.

Your questions

1. _______________________________________________________________________

2. _______________________________________________________________________

3. _______________________________________________________________________

4. _______________________________________________________________________

5. _______________________________________________________________________

Name ___________________________________________________________________

Age ____________________________________________________________________

Occupation ______________________________________________________________

Upload your oral histories to a suitable website. Remember to give your subjects a false name to protect their privacy.

What did you learn from the people you interviewed?

D Internet gambling

There are concerns about internet gambling. More than 70 per cent of Americans aged 10 to 17 gambled at some point in the past year, according to the National Academy of Sciences.

US Congress has banned the use of credit cards, cheques and electronic fund transfers for internet gaming.


Do you believe the internet makes gambling easier? Why/why not?

Should the Hong Kong government stop internet gambling? Why/why not?


Hacking is a serious offence - don't do it!

A Chinese government website was hacked into a few years ago and a Taiwanese flag posted on the homepage. Photo: AP

F Quotes about the internet

'When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the World Wide Web... Now even my cat has its own page'

Bill Clinton (former president of the United States)

'The Net is a waste of time, and that's exactly what's right about it'

William Gibson (sci-fi writer who coined the term 'cyberspace')


Write a memorable statement about the internet.


1. cyberspace

2. access provider

3. online

4. electronic publishing

5. electronic banking

a. cyber-banking

b. internet publishing

c. accessible

d. World Wide Web

e. ISP


What is your favourite site for downloading music? _______________

The Beatles lost in a legal battle with iTunes, meaning the Fab Four's music is not available on the Apple site.

Did you know?

There are more domain names in the world than people.


G: 1. d; 2. e; 3. c; 4. b; 5. a