Vint Cerf interview: Internet history revision criticism

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial from Gordon Crovitz asserting that the U.S. government played no significant role in the creation of the Internet, saying instead that the government actually hindered the Internet’s development as a world-changing technological force. But now CNET has scored an interview with Vint Cerf, the legendary computer scientist who knows something about the creation of the Internet since he, you know, basically created it (or more accurately, the TCP/IP networking protocols that serve as the Internet’s foundation) with Robert Kahn in the 1970s. Unsurprisingly, Cerf thinks that Crovitz is utterly full of it in his assertions on Internet history.

In his CNET interview, Cerf forthrightly states that the “United States government via [Advanced Research Projects Agency] started the project” that would eventually lead to the creation of TCP/IP. Cerf also takes Crovitz to task for giving Xerox full credit for creating the Internet since Xerox actually created Ethernet, which is an important data link layer protocol that also happens to be an entirely different thing from the Internet.

And finally, Cerf responds to Crovitz’ claim that the creation of the Internet was purely a triumph of the private sector by saying that he “would happily fertilize my tomatoes with Crovitz’ assertion.” He concludes by slamming Corvitz for his attempts to “distort history for political purposes” and says he hopes that “people who want to know the real story will discount this kind of revisionist interpretation.”

via Vint Cerf interview: Internet history revision criticism.

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I have over (24) years of Computer Aided Drafting & Design experience and over (16) years of IT experience. After graduating high school I attended a Technical College and earned an Associate Degree in Drafting & Design. I then enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico where I earned an A.S. in Civil Engineering Technologies. While attending the Univ. of Puerto Rico I worked as a freelance Drafter for a variety of architects and engineers. During my senior year I began to work for the firm Planning Management & Development in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Two years later I was offered the position at Mario Corsino & Associates, which later became InterGroup a medium size Civil Engineering, Architectural and Planning firm in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. At InterGroup I became assistant chief drafter where I was responsible for 20+ drafters & civil techs, and this is also where I began my IT training. In 2000 I decided to move to St. Petersburg, FL where I was hired as CAD Manager at Advanced Engineering & Design a small Civil Engineering firm established in 1998. Currently still employed by Advanced Engineering & Design I’m now the CAD/IT Manager. I have also continued to expand my knowledge base in both the IT & CADD fields through continued training, certifications, and attending Autodesk University. I’m currently an Autodesk Certified Professional proficient in AutoCAD, Civil 3D and various other Autodesk products. I have been the President of the Tampa Bay Autodesk Users Group (TBAUG) since late 2007 and a member of Autodesk Users Group International (AUGI) since 1996. I have an A.S. Degree in Computer Networking , a Bachelors of Applied Science in Technology Management and currently finishing work on my Masters in Computer Information Systems. I’m a licensed drafter in the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and a Microsoft Certified Professional. I hold certificates as a Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator, Cisco Networking Associate Professional and Linux Administrator.
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