Internet's 40th birthday

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Bangalore, Sep1: Forty years ago, connection established between two UCLA computers gave birth to Internet. Originally called Apranet, the net was the brainchild of Len Kleinrock and his team at UCLA.

On Wednesday, Sep 2 Internet celebrates its 40th birthday. The connection which initially exchanged meaningless data was conceptualised to act as a medium of free exchange of information.

Over the four decades Internet has gone from just a medium to exchange information to becoming the an addiction of sorts.

Today, we depend on Internet to get news to communicate with families. The governments have started taking the Internet as a serious medium not only for the freedom of expression but also in terms of e-governance projects.

However, there is a flip side to Internet's increasing power and freedom. Internet today faces threats such as malicious content, spamming and hacking. And these threats that challenge the ideal idea of a free medium may hinder Internet's growth, fear experts.

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