The Evolution of the Internet: From Military Experiment to General Purpose Technology


Published by Taylor & Francis Online, Journal of Cyber Policy, 1(1), 2016, pp. 5-28.

Author: John Naughton, Project Leader, Technology and Democracy (2014 – 2017), Project Director, Conspiracy and Democracy (2013 – 2018)


The Internet is now over four decades old. A survey of its evolution from a military experiment conducted in the context of the Cold War to a General Purpose Technology illustrates the extent to which the network was shaped, not just by the intrinsic affordances of its underpinning technologies, but also by political, ideological, social, and economic factors.


Posted: Saturday 9 April 2016

Authors: John Naughton

Tags: internet historyinternetgeneral purpose technology