The prototype for the Internet
was created in the sixties by the US Defense Department. To ensure that
communication could be kept open in the event of a nuclear attack, it created a
computer network known as Arpanet — the Advanced Research Project Agency
The first attempt to connect
two computers and allow them to communicate with one another was made by
researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles and the Stanford
Research Institute on 20 October 1969.
The first people to coin the
term 'internet' were two scientists, Vinton Cerf (known as 'father of the
Internet') and his collaborator Bob Kahn, who in 1974 devised a means by which
data could be transmitted across a global-network of computers.
An Oxford graduate, Tim Berners-Lee,
set up the first 'www server' (a Server receives and sends messages) to store
the archive of the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Switzerland.
The first e-mail ever sent was
in 1972 between computers in two American universities. The most frequently
used search word on the net is "sex", typed in 1,550,000 times every
The most mentioned male on the
Internet is President Bill Clinton, whose name is linked to 1,542,790 sites.
The most mentioned female on
the Internet is the actress Pamela Anderson, whose name is linked to 1,542,282