Thursday 3 January 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 3

Internet turns 30!!
3.1.2013, Mumbai

IANS reports that Internet turns 30 this year. The computer network officially began functioning when it fully substituted previous networking systems on January 1, 1983. It was the first time the US Department of Defence commissioned Arpanet network switched to use of the Internet Protocol Suite (IPS) communications system. This paved the arrival of World Wide Web (www).
Computer scientist Tim Berners Lee discovered a system of interlinked hypertext documents in 1989 called World Wide Web.
In India internet was introduced in 1990 and only few people were familiar with the system at that time. Late Shammi Kapoor was the first to master the technique and therefore unanimously appointed as the Internet President. Chitralekha, pioneer in news journalism was the first publishing house to go on web and ‘g magazine’ that I then edited was the first film publication to go on web in India.
Amitabh Bachchan had done the honors and the high tech event explaining the use of net and email was elaborated via live projection held at Mumbai’s Nehru Planetarium, an ideal venue for satellite access at that time!
Today, when this revolutionary communication system is used by billions across the globe, it sounds strange to recall that we have also lived in times when 'www' seemed a bizarre way to begin a story telling!

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