The use of computers and the birth of the internet can be traced back to 1969 when the defense department created, "The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched DARPA Internet Program". As an more reliable communications system should the phone system be rendered inoperable during an attack.
The University of California at Berkeley (UCB) deserves special mention, because their Computer Science Research Group (CSRG) developed the BSD variants of AT&T's UNIX operating system. BSD UNIX and its derivatives would become the most common Internet programming platform.
So the internet as we know it today was funded and developed by the By the Federal Government and well funded Universities attended by graduates of "Publicly Funded schools!"
From the intelligent Community Forum:
|Internet Matters: The Net's Sweeping Impact on Growth, Jobs and Prosperity|
|Published Sunday, June 19, 2011 7:00 am|
The Internet is big and continues to grow and reach everywhere. The Internet is now used in every country, in every sector, in most companies, and by more than 2bn people and it is still growing. Internet-related consumption and expenditure is now bigger than agriculture or energy, and our research shows that the Internet accounts for, on average, 3.4 percent of GDP in the 13 countries we studied. If Internet consumption and expenditure were a sector, its weight in GDP would be bigger than energy, agriculture, or several other critical industries. The Internets total contribution to the GDP is bigger than the GDP of Spain or Canada, and it is growing faster than Brazil.We published a fairly comprehensive breakdown, (see:The REAL State of the UNION- It sucks big time and all three parties got it wrong. Reality!) of how the Federally funded Space program and NASA created directly and indirectly numerous jobs and technologies that continue to positively impact the economy today.
The constant mantra by the likes of Michelle Bachmann and Representative Cantor and others (insert name and google "says the government can't create jobs") that the U.S. government can not create jobs is intellectually dishonest and factually wrong. To hear this drum banged by so many in almost the exact terms leads this writer to question the integrity of those who should be smart enough to know better. "IF" they have studied their history!.