Part 12 - The internet
The ideas behind the internet can be traced back to 1957, after the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik satellite. The United States wanted to maintain a technological lead over its rival. They developed an information network that eventually became th
Read about the history of the internet by visiting the Computer History Museum at www.computerhistory.org
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.
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.
G MATCH THE INTERNET SYNONYMS
2. access provider
4. electronic publishing
5. electronic banking
b. internet publishing
d. World Wide Web
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