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From its simple origins in the U.S. Department of Defense to its emergence as a global nervous system, the Internet has changed the way the world works. In this fascinating overview, ARPANET pioneers describe the networking technologies that gave birth to the Internet and e-mail, and Usenet trailblazers provide input on UNIX and the UUCP protocol, which opened the Internet to the world at large. Next, law enforcement officers and hackers from the L0pht address censorship, worms and viruses, and the challenge of Internet security. And finally, Web innovators discuss the introduction of hyperlinks, graphical interfaces, search engines, and streaming technology that have made the Internet transparent, while the CEOs of DigiCash and DoubleClick forecast the impact of e-commerce.

A BBC Production