Was the Internet created by Big Government or Big Capital?
The answer is: Neither.
This is what’s most notable about the debate over the Net’s origins: it misses the most interesting part of the story.
We live in a world that assumes that the most important and original products in society — bridges, cars, iPads, hospitals, 787s, houses — are created either by states or by corporations. And yet, against all odds, the Internet came from somewhere else entirely.
But the Internet, as it is now, was created by the people.
People who used a global network to reach other people.
The Internet is the most powerful tool of communication.
And communication is nothing else than people.