25 Years of the Internet: Justin Zobel for The Conversation

It used to belong to a privileged community, but now the Internet has become a worldwide phenomenon – an irreplaceable part of our daily lives.

The Internet has grown exponentially since its conception. Google has grown from small startup in Silicon Valley to gargantuan online service provider. Tweets are no longer the sound of birds, but 140-character messages. Streaming the latest episode of your favourite TV show is quicker than ever. But all of this was not built in a day.

Writing for the Conversation, Professor Justin Zobel takes readers on a journey into Internet history. Providing detailed perspectives from the 1980s and 90s, Professor Zobel describes the origins of a virtual world that is very different from that of today.

There were no images and there was no music. There was no YouTube and Skype was yet to be developed. To be a ‘hacker’ was considered a good thing, and passwords were thought to be unnecessary. If we were to inject yesterday’s Internet culture into today’s world – our lives would be turned upside down.

Click here to read Professor Zobel’s full article, How Australia Connected to the Internet 25 Years Ago, and find out more about the evolution of the Internet, and what it was like to be close to the technology at its birth.