ARPANET to Internet: A Brief History of Data Mining

It’s hard to imagine a time when people didn’t spend most of their day looking at their smartphones or some form of technology that lets us access the internet. The idea of a ‘people’s internet’ must have also felt like a foreign concept to the creators of the ARPANET which was launched in 1969 to help universities in the USA exchange data and research.

This information prompted me to draw up parallels between the ARPANET and the internet today and how the governments use them to achieve their own agendas. In 1969 when ARPANET was launched the USA was caught up in the Cold War with the USSR and launched similar projects to surpass the Soviets by means of technology. Today however the internet is being used by our governments (but mostly the US government) to mine our personal data in the hopes of fighting the War on Terror and other threats to national security.



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