Dustin Broadbery is an investigative journalist and blogger.
He previously chatted to me about
the anatomy of a cult.
This time, however, Dustin chatted to me about the subversive origins of the internet, including the central and military intelligence links to Facebook, Siri, and a whole lot more. It’s all a bit creepy and can make one somewhat paranoid about the promises of online privacy.
[t]he origins of the internet can be traced back to the Cold War era, where the US Department of Defense sought to establish a communication system that could survive a nuclear attack.
This led to the development of ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) in the 1960s. ARPANET was designed to be a decentralized and robust communication network that could withstand failures and disruptions.
ARPANET was designed to facilitate communication and resource sharing among various research institutions and universities that were funded by ARPA. Its initial purpose was to enable collaboration on research and development projects. The network used packet switching technology to transmit data, which broke information into small packets and routed them through the network independently, allowing for efficient and robust communication.
ARPANET employed a decentralized network architecture, meaning that it did not rely on a central server but instead connected multiple nodes or computers directly. This design was crucial for ensuring the network’s resilience, as information could be rerouted dynamically if a node or link failed.
article on which this conversation is based is lengthy and detailed, but recommended reading.
In fact, anything written by Dustin is recommended reading.
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