"On the Way to the Web: The Secret History of the Internet and Its Founders" by Michael A. Banks
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"On the Way to the Web:
The Secret History of the Internet and Its Founders" is an absorbing chronicle of the inventive, individualistic , and often cantankerous individuals who set the Internet free. Michael A. Banks describes how the online population created a new culture and turned a new frontier into their vision of the future.
This book will introduce you to the innovators who laid the foundation for the Internet and the World Wide Web, the man who invented online chat, and the people who invented the products all of us use online every day. Learn where, when, how and why the Internet came into being, and exactly what hundreds of thousands of people were doing online before the Web. See who was behind it all, and what inspired them.
You'll also find these stories of people and events on the way to the Web:
* CIA agents in search of military hardware for sale online.
* The first online privacy scandal, three decades ago.
* The first instance of online censorship in 1979
* How in 1980 the FBI demanded the ID of a CompuServe user who tried to sell 3,000 M16 rifles online
* Early con artists
* Online romance scams
* Identify theft
* Who really created AOL. (Hint: it wasn't Steve Case.)
* The wireless Internet that was built in 1978.
* Why the @ sign is used in email addresses.
On the Way to the Web is a book that will appeal to all readers, but one that computer enthusiasts will find especially interesting. Most readers will have played a part in the story it tells, and anyone who uses the Internet and Web on a daytoday basis will find this book an absorbing read.
About the Author:
Michael A. Banks is the author of more than 40 books, among them several titles that deal with Internet topics, including The eBay Survival Guide; Web Psychos, Stalkers, and Pranksters; The Modem Reference; PC Confidential; and Welcome to CompuServe.
He is coauthor of CROSLEY: The Story of Two Brothers and the Business Empire that Transformed the Nation (Clerisy, 2006), the biography of twentiethcentury industrialist/entrepreneur and communications magnate Powel Crosley, Jr. (This book made the New York Times extended bestseller list, the Wall Street Journal hardcover business book bestseller list, and the Business Week bestseller list. Having sold 45,000 copies during its first three months of existence, it received a fullpage writeup in the February 12, 2007, issue of Publishers Weekly.)