Link: All about Internet History, Technology, and Security by Charles Severance

General Internet History Resources


History – Dawn of Early Computing (1940 – 1960)

History Through Bletchley Park and Computing in WWII

How Enigma works (12min) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2_Q9FoD-oQ

Flaw in the Enigma Code (10min) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4V2bpZlqx8

History through Modems and Terminals

Further reading

  • Turner, Fred. 2006. From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network and the Rise of Digital Utopianism. Chicago University Press.
  • Standage, Tom. 2007. The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-line Pioneers. Walker.
  • Singh, Simon. 1999. The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography. Doubleday.
  • Kahn, David. 1996. The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet. Scribner.
  • Levy, Steven. 2010. Hackers: heroes of the computer revolution. O’Reilly publishing, 25th anniversary edition.
  • Excellent page for free books: http://freecomputerbooks.com/

The First Internet (1960 – 1990)

Further reading

  • Cringely, Robert X.; Gau, John; and Segaller, Stephen for Oregon Public Broadcasting. 1998. “Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet.” http://www.pbs.org/opb/nerds2.0.1/
  • Naughton, John (2000). A Brief History of the Future: Origins of the Internet. Phoenix. ISBN 075381093X
  • Naughton, John. 2011. From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: What You Really Need to Know About the Internet. Quercus.
  • Castells, Manuel. 2003. The Internet Galaxy: Reflections on the Internet, Business, and Society. Oxford University Press.
  • Abbate, Janet. 2000. Inventing the Internet. MIT Press.
  • Stoll, Clifford. 1989. The Cuckoo’s Egg. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 0-370-31433-6
  • Hafner, Katie, Lyon, Matthew, Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet. Simon & Schuster (1998), 304 p., ISBN-10: 0684832674

The World Wide Web (1990 – 1995)

Further reading


Commercialization and Growth (1995)


Internets and Packets


Transports and Security


Networked Applications

Further Reading

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