Clarification to January Editor’s Note


Several readers have pointed out an inaccuracy in my January Editor’s Note column, and I thought it was worth mentioning here. They said, correctly, that Tim Berners-Lee did not invent the Internet, but rather, the World Wide Web. The Internet, of course, was founded much earlier.

I was speaking of the Web when I said the Internet, and using the terms more loosely than I should have. It is accurate to say that Berners-Lee took the next step, and made the narrow, one-lane road into the Information Superhighway that we know and enjoy today; without his brainstorm, who knows what would have happened next? And the point of the column is still intact – that is, extend yourself, push your boundaries out a little more this year. Make something new.

Still, the initial comments had merit, and I should have been more precise. Thanks for holding me accountable.


Comments (1)

  1. David V. Corbin says:

    While the Internet in the pre WWW days was not the super-highway it is today, it was definately much more than a "one-lane road". Even in the DarpaNet days (and yes, I was there) there were significant resources available, many sites (primarily universities + goverment), and multiple protocols.