Flame Wars on Worldnet: Early Constructions of the International User

Abstract : Some of the earliest users of the Internet described their activities as predicting a widespread communication medium that would cross national boundaries even before the technical capability was possible. An analysis of conversations on Human-Nets, an early ARPANet mailing list, shows how users were concerned about providing a forum for open discussion and hoped that the network would spread to provide communication throughout the world. Moving forward to CSNET, one can also see a strong insistence that the network provide connectivity beyond the United States. Contrary to those who might tell the history of the Internet as a story of a technology that was first perfected by the military, adapted by U.S. academics and then brought to the rest of the world in the 1990s, these users reveal a strong ideology of international communication.
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Christopher Leslie. Flame Wars on Worldnet: Early Constructions of the International User. IFIP International Conference on the History of Computing (HC), May 2016, Brooklyn, NY, United States. pp.122-140, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-49463-0_9⟩. ⟨hal-01620137⟩

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