The internet has developed into a vast, amorphous system beyond simple definition. Those with a technical approach view the internet as a set of locally interconnected networks (Haigh et al., 2015).
However, changes over time have transformed the internet from a technical tool to a communication tool. The history of the global internet dates back to the development of computers. Unlike most technologies, the genesis of the web is not linked to a single inventor. Rather, the internet is a tool that took years to develop and evolve. Its genesis begins with the genesis of electronic computers in the 1950s.
Initially, it was used during the Cold War by scientists as a government weapon. However, over time, it became a communication tool, as there was the development of instruments such as ARPANET (Internet Society, 2017). The first social interaction through the internet was facilitated through the networking of several memos written by J.C.R. Licklider in 1962. The MIT expert envisioned the world where people were interconnected through a network of computers.
Currently, the extensive research over the decades has resulted in the development of the Internet as a media platform and a medium for collaboration and interaction (Internet Society, 2017).
Haigh, T., Russell, A. L., & Dutton, W. H. (2015). Histories of the Internet: Introducing a Special Issue of Information & Culture. Information & Culture, 50(2), 143-159. doi:10.7560/IC50201
Internet Society (2017) Brief History of the Internet, Retrieved from http://www.internetsociety.org/internet/what-internet/history-internet/brief-history-internet