Maps of Arpanet, the precursor to the global Internet, from December 1969 to March 1977.

The internet is now central to our daily lives, a place to access a free flow of information and communicate with people all over the world instantly. But this wasn’t always the case.

Now a global, decentralized means of connection, the internet began as a secure, closed information-sharing network of the U.S. Department of Defense and research institutions.

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