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The USSR and the emerging internet… December 31, 2015

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Many thanks to Tomboktu for drawing attention to this, a piece in global voices about how a Soviet academician was chosen in 1982 to represent the USSR in an online exchange/conference/meeting. It’s clear that the USSR had only the haziest idea what online technology implied (though that’s probably a charge that can be levelled at many states at that time).The academician was able to interact effectively unsupervised with Western colleagues. It underlines the manner in which communication technologies have changed matters utterly. And remarkably the piece relates how the .su domain continues to exist.


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