Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Republicans: Government Didn't Create Internet

A recent Wall Street Journal OPINION piece said Xerox invented the Internet, not government. And now republicans are denying history and basic facts for political ends. It's become an all too familiar trend in the republican camp.
I imagine republicans are trying to support Romney's lie about Obama, when Obama said business needs infrastructure, things such as roads and broadband, in order to conduct business, common good things. Romney selectively edited Obama's words and has been going around saying that Obama doesn't think entrepreneurs build things, which is ridiculous in itself.

Crovitz is right that Vinton Cerf, along with Bob Kahn, invented the TCP/IP protocol that is the foundation of the modern Internet. But he neglects to mention that Cerf's early work on the protocol was funded by the US military through its DARPA program. "Hyperlinks" are not the Internet, and Tim Berners-Lee didn't invent them. Nor is the World Wide Web the Internet, although the Web has become such a popular Internet application that many people confuse the two. But more to the point, Berners-Lee was working at CERN, a research organization funded by European governments, when he invented the World Wide Web in the early 1990s. Arstechnica
The government did create the Internet. 

Xerox doesn't claim it invented the Internet.

Romney's five worse "you didn't build that" moments.

Romney's lying. Republicans are lying. That is a fact: