- A little background on the Internet and the World Wide Web that have played a significant role in the issues of social responsibility. Their individual names are used interchangeably by most people without even realizing it. The technologies are the Internet (highlighted in yellow) and the World Wide Web (highlighted in green).
The Internet was launched in 1969 by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA (Waldrop, M., 2008, p. 78). It had only four nodes, three in California and one in Utah. It was known as the ARPANET back then but it was a packet-switched collection of disparate networks, the most basic definition of the Internet.
The World Wide Web was invented by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 (CERN, 2008a). Berners-Lee is a physicist and he, wrote a proposal for information management showing how information could be transferred easily over the Internet by using hypertext…
Berners-Lee created a browser-editor with the goal of developing a tool to make the Web a creative space to share and edit information and build a common hypertext. What should they call this new browser: The Mine of Information? The Information Mesh? When they settled on a name in May 1990, it was the WorldWideWeb (CERN, 2008b).
An interesting side note is that the computer it was created on was a NeXT, invented by a guy named Steve Jobs.
Now look how the internet/web has expanded to the social media convergence. Social media is an example of technology convergence that combines human interaction with instant technology. The benefits of social media sites such as FaceBook, MySpace, and Twitter allow users to interact with family and friends all over the world. One downside of social media is the opportunities of bullying that happens often with teenagers. These apps help aid in taking away the ability to interact with humans face to face.
CERN. (2008). Where the web was born. Retrieved May 5, 2012 from http://public.web.cern.ch/public/en/About/Web-en.html
CERN. (2008). Welcome to info.cern.ch. Retrieved May 5, 2012 from http://info.cern.ch/
Waldrop, M. (2008). DARPA and the Internet revolution. Retrieved May 5, 2012 from http://www.darpa.mil/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=2554