Is The Internet Killing Newspapers? Something Else To Thank Al Gore For?
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 20/12/2007 05:03
If there is any one politician the world can thank for ensuring that America embraced the Internet it is probably Al Gore. During his political life, and especially as vice-president in the Clinton administration, he moved Congress, and the federal government, to adopt and accept the infant that he called the information highway.
Al GoreAs he said some eight years ago in a Larry King interview, "During my service in the United States Congress I took the initiative in creating the internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system."
That actually caused some jest for people then quoted the Vice President as saying he invented the Internet and that was not what he meant. Riding to his rescue, however, were the Internet's two main architects, Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, who issued a statement, "as the two people who designed the basic architecture and the core protocols that make the Internet work, we would like to acknowledge VP Gore's contributions as a Congressman, Senator and as Vice President. No other elected official, to our knowledge, has made a greater contribution over a longer period of time.