Pierce Law Faculty Scholarship Series

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What is now known as the Internet, or the net, was initially set up in 1969 to connect computers together for defense purposes. The Internet was later expanded, under the supervision of the National Science Foundation ("NSF"), to include the research community. The Internet continued to expand, and in 1992, NSF received authorization to permit commercial activities on the Internet. Shortly thereafter, Judge McKenna, a United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, observed that "[t]he Internet is the world's largest computer network...containing several million 'host' computers...An estimated 25 million individuals have some form of Internet access, and this audience is doubling each year."

Date of Authorship for this Version

November 2000