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Those who only watch tv news tend to get swept up in hype, spin and outright BS.
The truth is less fun....so why bother?

Who Invented What, and When Did They Invent It?
Although Gore never said that he "invented the Internet," he did say he "took the initiative in creating the Internet." Is this Truth or Fiction...here is a timeline of the internet development..........
Leonard Kleinrock writes the first paper on packet switched networks.
1962: J.C.R. Licklider of MIT writes a paper describing a globally connected "Galactic Network" of computers.
1966: Larry Roberts proposes the ARPANET to the Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA).
1968: ARPA issues Request for Quotations for the Interface Message Processors (IMPs), which became the first routers.
1969: First IMP is installed at UCLA.
Early 1970s: Universities and defense agencies and contractors begin to connect to ARPANET.
1973: Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf begin research into what eventually becomes IP - the Internet Protocol and its companion, TCP - the Transmission Control Protocol.
1973: Bob Metcalfe develops Ethernet, which had been the subject of his PhD thesis, while working at Xerox.
Early 1980s: The Personal Computer revolution begins.
Mid 1980s: Local Area Networks (LANs) begin to flourish in business and university environments. Campus area networks soon follow.
January 1, 1983: All "old-style" traffic on the ARPANET ceases, as TCP/IP becomes the only protocol used. [Arguably, this is the date of the birth of the Internet as a functioning, practical, production network.]
1985: Dennis Jennings chooses TCP/IP as the protocol for the planned National Science Foundation Network (NSFnet).
1988: NSF sponsors a series of workshops at Harvard on the commercialization and privatization of the Internet.
1988: Kahn et al. write a paper "Towards a National Research Network." According to the Brief History, "This report was influential on then Senator Al Gore, and ushered in high speed networks that laid the networking foundation for the future information superhighway." [Emphasis added.]
Note that these authors of (and participants in) Internet history state clearly that as early as 1988, then-Senator Gore became involved in the goal of building a national research network. We'll examine his role in more detail later.

You can look up the balance for yourself...if in fact you have any interest whatsoever in truth instead of Jay Leno comedy.
www.first monday.com
Research and article by Richard Wiggins.
 

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Yep, once they make that unsuccessful run for president it doesn't really matter what they did. All we see is what is worth ridicule. I blame the pinko **** liberal media. And yes, like Kerry, he is funny in the laugh at kind of way rather than the laugh with kind of way.
 

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You got the feeling Al Gore didn't know who he is from watching him in the debates...A guy at his age vying for THE leadership position in this country should know who he is...
 

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Every dog deserves one bite, but not two...Apparently the electorate is unaware of this near universal rule...
Is it anything like this near universal rule? :D

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The first person to throw out an ad homonyn attack is losing the argument.

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"Gore's recent statement that as a member of Congress he had taken the initiative in "creating the Internet"

isn't justified by;

Note that these authors of (and participants in) Internet history state clearly that as early as 1988, then-Senator Gore became involved in the goal of building a national research network.http://www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue5_10/wiggins/ for the unedited version.

He actually seems to have used the term "information highway" (not coined it) and supported various bills that funded some of the activities that developed some aspects of internet development.

It was "created" by DoD! Actually DARPA, Defense / Advanced Research Project Agencyhttp://www.livinginternet.com/i/ii_arpanet.htm

http://www.livinginternet.com/i/ii_summary.htm

Internet History -- One Page Summary
The conceptual foundation for creation of the Internet was significantly developed by three individuals and a research conference, each of which changed the way we thought about technology by accurately predicting its future:

Vannevar Bush wrote the first visionary description of the potential uses for information technology with his description of the "memex" automated library system.
Norbert Wiener invented the field of Cybernetics, inspiring future researchers to focus on the use of technology to extend human capabilities.
The 1956 Dartmouth Artificial Intelligence conference crystallized the concept that technology was improving at an exponential rate, and provided the first serious consideration of the consequences.
Marshall McLuhan made the idea of a global village interconnected by an electronic nervous system part of our popular culture.
In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first satellite, Sputnik I, triggering US President Dwight Eisenhower to create the ARPA agency to regain the technological lead in the arms race. ARPA appointed J.C.R. Licklider to head the new IPTO organization with a mandate to further the research of the SAGE program and help protect the US against a space-based nuclear attack. Licklider evangelized within the IPTO about the potential benefits of a country-wide communications network, influencing his successors to hire Lawrence Roberts to implement his vision.

Roberts led development of the network, based on the new idea of packet switching discovered by Paul Baran at RAND, and a few years later by Donald Davies at the UK National Physical Laboratory. A special computer called an Interface Message Processor was developed to realize the design, and the ARPANET went live in early October, 1969. The first communications were between Leonard Kleinrock's research center at the University of California at Los Angeles, and Douglas Engelbart's center at the Stanford Research Institute.

The first networking protocol used on the ARPANET was the Network Control Program. In 1983, it was replaced with the TCP/IP protocol developed by Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, and others, which quickly became the most widely used network protocol in the world.

In 1990, the ARPANET was retired and transferred to the NSFNET. The NSFNET was soon connected to the CSNET, which linked Universities around North America, and then to the EUnet, which connected research facilities in Europe. Thanks in part to the NSF's enlightened management, and fueled by the popularity of the web, the use of the Internet exploded after 1990, causing the US Government to transfer management to independent organizations starting in 1995.

Gore did however create the false statement out of his own egotism and greed for power.
 
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