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whoever57 writes "The folks behind the Webby Awards want to 'set the record straight' regarding Al Gore's contributions to the Internet. They plan to give him a Lifetime Achievement award. 'It's just one of those instances someone did amazing work for three decades as congressman, senator and vice president and it got spun around into this political mess...'"
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Al Gore to Receive Internet Achievement Award

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  • by Anonymousse Custard (864188) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:17PM (#12442229)
    Thus spake the article:

    He popularized the term "information superhighway" as vice president.

    I guess he thought "free porn pipeline" wouldn't be as catchy.

    • I guess he thought "free porn pipeline" wouldn't be as catchy.

      No, his boss already copyrighted that one.
  • In other news... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by mathmatt (851301) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:19PM (#12442259) Homepage
    Tim Berners-Lee [bbc.co.uk] is to receive an award for his contributions to US politics.
    • by southpolesammy (150094) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:28PM (#12442369) Journal
      I think Phil Zimmermann [wikipedia.org] would be a more apt recipient for that award. PGP [wikipedia.org] gave the US govt fits the the better part of a decade. Made them redefine their stance on technology as a strategic weapon.
    • Re:In other news... (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      I know it's a "Funny", but FTFA:

      Vint Cerf, undisputedly one of the Internet's key inventors, will give Gore the award at a June 6 ceremony in New York.


      If Cerf is giving the award personally, than he agrees Gore should get the award, unless this is some kinda of wierd political scratch his back and he'll scratch his doo-hicky.
    • HTML != internet (Score:3, Insightful)

      by javaxman (705658)
      In other news, Tim Berners-Lee is to receive an award for his contributions to US politics.

      As much as HTML documents and HTTP transport protocols define the 'web' for the vast majority of end users, the internet itself was a well defined prerequisite for the work Berners-Lee is famous for.

      I mean, I know what you're getting at, but... typically, people refer to Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn [about.com] as creators of the internet, for publishing a paper describing what would become TCP/IP.

      I know you're trying to be fun

  • Wow! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by computerme (655703) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:19PM (#12442263)
    I wish I had mod points right now... I have a feeling that the tired , old, and WRONG "He said he invented the internet" phrase is going to be posted here a lot.

    For the record, He said no such thing. He did help to focus attention on it while in the Senate. More so than any other politician at the time...

    Give him his due.
    • Re:Wow! (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      You're right, he did not say "Invent". His quote is thus:

      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.

      Thanks Al for CREATING the internet!
      • Re:Wow! (Score:4, Funny)

        by Dachannien (617929) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @01:55PM (#12443509)
        In other words, Al Gore was a 12th level Vice President who took the Improved Initiative feat at character creation. And he had an uncanny knack for rolling 20s on his initiative rolls. Unfortunately for him, though, he fumbled his Presidency check and dropped his election, at which point he got eaten by a Shambling Bush.

    • Re:Wow! (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      I suppose this CNN transcript is false then:

      Partial Transcript of CNN Interview
      BLITZER: "Why should Democrats, looks at the Democratic nomination, the process, support you instead of Bill Bradley -- a friend of yours, a former colleague in the Senate -- what do you have to bring to this that he doesn't necessarily bring to this process?"

      GORE: "Well, I will -- I'll be offering my vision when my campaign begins, and it'll be comprehensive and sweeping, and I hope that it'll be compelling enough to draw p

      • Re:Wow! (Score:3, Insightful)

        by justforaday (560408)
        Can you please point out where the word "invent" appears in that transcript?
      • Re:Wow! (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:34PM (#12442459)
        This statement is true: Al Gore took the initiative in creating the Internet

        This statement is false: Al Gore invented the internet

        If you do not understand the distinction, then the problem is yours. What Gore did had nothing to do with inventing and implementing the protocols or the hardware involved... and everything to do with legislation that created the Internet from the previous DARPANet and funded it for use by universities.

        Read Al Franken's book, "Lies and the Lying Liars who tell them" for a full essay on what Gore really said, why it's perfectly true, how and who twisted Gore's words into a lie, and how they pushed the lie to paint Gore as an exaggerator and liar for political gain.

        • Re:Wow! (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Punkrokkr (592052)
          Isn't that the job of politicians? To twist opponents words into a lie, and push the lie to paint opponent as an exaggerator and liar for political gain.

          It seems there's a lot of arguments over: "my political candidate is better than your candidate" when there really are very few good politicians. In one way or another they are going to screw up and either say something stupid, or do something that half of the population thinks is stupid whearas the other half cheers for this accomplishment. Politicia
    • Re:Wow! (Score:2, Insightful)

      by cuzality (696718)

      You're right! The exact quote [snopes.com] (from the unquestionably reputable Snopes.com):

      During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.

      Of course, Snopes goes on to say that "...it's hard to find any specific action of Gore's (such as his sponsoring a Congressional bill or championing a particular piece of legislation) that one could claim helped bring the Internet into being, much less validate Gore's statement of having taken the "initiative in creating the Inte

      • Re:Wow! (Score:5, Interesting)

        by EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) * on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:36PM (#12442478) Homepage Journal
        It's really sad. I've been following Snopes for about 13 years. We had a couple nice debates on Usenet :)

        Over the years, he has become less and less objective and inserts his falsely-relevant Republican views into his articles more and more. A couple times he has even appologized for his poltical grandstanding and editied the articles.

        Snopes is losing his reputation.
        • Re:Wow! (Score:3, Insightful)

          by bluprint (557000)
          In this case, other than the shot at the Clinton administration, he's pretty dead on. Anti-democrats like to make fun of Gore for claiming to be responsible for the creation of the internet. Pro-democrats like to defend him, that he never claimed to have "invented" the internet, but that he did legislatively have a lot to do with the formation of it. However, both are exaggerations. Of course, Gore never claimed to have invented the internet per se, but he certainly tried to take a hell of a lot more cr
          • Re:Wow! (Score:3, Informative)

            by Anonymous Coward
            You are woefully under-informed. Please read [sethf.com] up.

            Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2000 17:43:58 -0400
            Subject: Al Gore and the Internet

            Dave and Declan,

            I am taking the liberty of sending to you both a brief
            summary of Al Gore's Internet involvement, prepared by
            Bob Kahn and me. As you know, there have been a seemingly
            unending series of jokes chiding the vice president for
            his assertion that he "took the initiative in creating
            the Internet."

            Bob and I believe that the vice president deserves significant
            credit for his early

            • Re:Wow! (Score:3, Insightful)

              by ajs (35943)
              The last time this topic came up, someone cited this paper by V.C. and the person they were arguing with had the unmitigated gall to say that V.C.'s opinion on the matter was moot!

              I was stunned. There is no person who can put a stronger claim on having "invented" the Internet than V.C., and he fully agreed with Gore's statement. How exactly is is opinion on the matter moot?!

              Bah, I just have to relax and remember that not all conservatives are this brain dead (just as not all liberals are as brain dead as
        • Re:Wow! (Score:5, Funny)

          by cuzality (696718) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:43PM (#12442554) Journal

          Snopes is losing his reputation.

          That's just an urban myth.
        • by rubberpaw (202337) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:50PM (#12442640) Homepage Journal
          EnronHaliburton2004:

          I think you have misread Cuzality. Even though Cuzality cites Snopes properly, he runs his own comments together onto the end of the Snopes quote. This makes Snopes seem biased.

          Snopes quote:
          "...it's hard to find any specific action of Gore's (such as his sponsoring a Congressional bill or championing a particular piece of legislation) that one could claim helped bring the Internet into being, much less validate Gore's statement of having taken the "initiative in creating the Internet.""

          Cuzality's quote:
          But don't let that bother you -- after all, the entire premise of the Clinton administration was they wanted to be judged on how much they cared about people's problems, not what they could accomplish towards solving them. Gore undoubtedly gave many fine speeches talking about how important technology is (I just wish we could find a record of them), therefore he should get the credit for the Internet -- simple as that!

          Try to be careful before judging Snopes by Cuzality's prejudice. There is nothing particular partisan about the Snopes entry [snopes.com]. In fact, Snopes presents a balanced view of the debate.

          Cuzality pulls one statement from Snopes and appends his own ideas after the end of the quote.
      • Re:WRONG! (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Secrity (742221)
        Snopes also says " Al Gore did not claim he "invented" the Internet, nor did he say anything that could reasonably be interpreted that way."
      • Re:Wow! (Score:5, Informative)

        by ruisantos (316753) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:54PM (#12442690)
        Perhaps you should have looked harder, a quick search [answers.com] found:

        On September 28, 2000, an email jointly signed by Vint Cerf [answers.com] (often called the "father of the Internet") and Robert E. Kahn [answers.com] stated the
        following:
        As far back as the 1970s Congressman Gore promoted the idea of high speed telecommunications as an engine for both economic growth and the improvement of our educational system. He was the first elected official to grasp the potential of computer communications to have a broader impact than just improving the conduct of science and scholarship. Though easily forgotten, now, at the time this was an unproven and controversial concept. Our work on the Internet started in 1973 and was based on even
        earlier work that took place in the mid-late 1960s. But the Internet, as we know it today, was not deployed until 1983. When the Internet was still in the early stages of its deployment, Congressman Gore provided intellectual leadership by helping create the vision of the potential benefits of high speed computing and communication. As an example, he sponsored hearings on how advanced technologies might be put to use in areas like coordinating the response of government agencies to natural disasters and other crises.
        As a Senator in the 1980s Gore urged government agencies to consolidate what at the time were several dozen different and unconnected networks into an "Interagency Network." Working in a bi-partisan manner with officials in Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush's administrations, Gore secured the passage of the High Performance Computing and Communications Act in 1991. This "Gore Act" supported the National Research and Education Network (NREN) initiative that became one of the major vehicles for the spread of the Internet beyond the field of computer cience.
        As Vice President Gore promoted building the Internet both up and out, as well as releasing the Internet from the control of the government agencies that spawned it. He served as the major administration proponent for continued investment in advanced computing and networking and private sector initiatives such as Net Day. He was and is a strong proponent of extending access to the network to schools and libraries. Today, proximately 95% of our nation's schools are on the Internet. Gore provided much-needed political support for the speedy privatization of the Internet when the time arrived for it to become a
        commercially-driven operation.

        While Gore had made many contributions to the growth of the internet during his career, his claim to have "created" it remained an exageration. It was a gaffe that Gore would himself later have fun with. On the David Letterman [answers.com] Show, he joked that Americans should vote for him because "I gave you the internet, and
        I can take it away!"
  • Thanks Al (Score:2, Funny)

    by mfh (56)
    Al, thanks for inventing the internet, but I would like to ask for $100mil in damages from you for wasting all my time on Slashdot and these terrific/horrible online games I keep getting sucked into. My life in the fishtank isn't that bad, though... OTOH -- I make my living on this here thing, and I don't have to worry about rush hour traffic anymore because of telecommuting, so maybe we are even after all.

    Give him the award, but tape his mouth shut when he receives it.
  • Original Quote (Score:5, Informative)

    by pyro101 (564166) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:21PM (#12442285) Homepage
    Gore never claimed that he "invented" the Internet, which implies that he engineered the technology. The invention occurred in the seventies and allowed scientists in the Defense Department to communicate with each other. In a March 1999 interview with Wolf Blitzer, Gore said, "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."
    • Re:Original Quote (Score:2, Informative)

      by Otter (3800)
      And, as somehow needs to get pointed out every time someone offers this "clarification" -- what he did say is also completely false.
    • Re:Original Quote (Score:5, Interesting)

      by jdreed1024 (443938) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:51PM (#12442648)
      In a March 1999 interview with Wolf Blitzer, Gore said, "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

      So, has that Time Traveler's Convention that was announced earlier happened yet? If not (or even if it has), someone needs to go to the convention, announce to all the time travelers that they should go back to March 1999, and tell Al to say "funding" instead of "creating". Then all this can go away.

      But I'm sure they'd screw it up, and instead CmdrTaco would end up taking his mother to a school dance in 1955, or something.

  • Do you think we can get some sarcasm tags going here? It's hard to tell if the "he invented it" comments are trolling or being funny. I'm really glad I don't have any mod points right now. This stuff makes a moderator's job really difficult. But of course, now that I've posted here, I'll get another set, and since I've posted here, I won't be able to mod this thread, so problem solved. =-)
  • polarized (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bwy (726112) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:21PM (#12442294)
    'It's just one of those instances someone did amazing work for three decades as congressman, senator and vice president and it got spun around into this political mess...'

    It is amazing how polarized our society is. Half the folks will agree with this and half will disagree. Most will be very strong in their beliefs one way or another. It amazes me sometime that we can all work and live together in a fairly civil manner, with such conflicting views. Perhaps, considering this, we deserve more credit that we are given.
    • "...It is amazing how polarized our society is. Half the folks will agree with this and half will disagree..."

      Oh I completely disagree with that. It's more like 52.7% of the people will agree with that. You couldn't be more wrong. We're a very agreeable society. Of course we are. Right?
  • Oblig Quote (Score:5, Funny)

    by gik (256327) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:22PM (#12442304) Homepage
    "If Al Gore invented the internet, I invented spell check."
    -Dan Quayle :)
  • oh god.. (Score:3, Funny)

    by biz0r (656300) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:24PM (#12442318) Homepage
    Now countless /.'ers have a not-so-great excuse to repeat the ever so way over-done Al Gore Internet quote that I refuse to regurgitate myself.

    Did someone post this JUST so they could make that joke a 1000 times?
  • by Anonymous Coward
    ...and have never voted republican at the presidential level, so don't accuse me of being partisan. Whatever Al Gore as claimed is the overblown ravings of a politician who takes credit where none is due. Politicians from the left and right make claims like this all the time. Bureaucrats really believe that their meetings and pronouncements really make a difference, but the internet had all it needed to get started without him. Save your lefty awards for someone who deserves them. The Webby's are just an e
  • We all know that Al Gore misspoke when he said he invented the Internet.

    But truth be told, Al Gore did more to bolster the internet then any other politician. Without his work, it's doubtful that many people outside the scientific, academic & military community would be using the Internet today.

    There are also many private citizens who did a ton of work to bolster the Internet. Many of them deserve awards too.

    And for the record, I voted for Nader. I lost faith in Gore and the Democrats, but I still li
    • by American AC in Paris (230456) * on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:52PM (#12442662) Homepage
      We all know that Al Gore misspoke when he said he invented the Internet.

      No, Al Gore did not misspeak, nor did he ever say he invented the Internet. Here's the quote, courtesy of Snopes [snopes.com]:

      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.

      Yes, yes, he wasn't there for the crafting of RFC 1, but the crux of what he's saying is true: he was one of the key players in Congress when it came to promoting and creating the Internet we know and use today.

      That this balls-out lie about what Al Gore said still manages to exist today is demonstrative of just how little truth matters in American politics. Rather than set the record straight, there's a very sizeable chunk of powerful people who would rather perpetuate an obvious and easily debunked lie for the sake of hurting their opponent. Frankly, the Republicans engage in this kind of chicanery to a far greater extent than the Democrats do--which is a large part of why I'm not a Republican. There are plenty of self-aggrandizing, self-serving Democrats out there, but on balance, they're more oriented to reason and honesty than the Republicans are these days.

      • by SpryGuy (206254)
        In fact, the 'lie' itself was purposely crafted and spread by Rush Limbaugh. Al Franken has a decent history of this spin in his book "Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them". It's a good read. And well backed by facts.
      • by sgtrock (191182)

        No, Al Gore did not misspeak, nor did he ever say he invented the Internet. Here's the quote, courtesy of Snopes:

        During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.

        But, but... that IS a lie. The Internet ALREADY EXISTED. All Al really did was recognize that there was a big groundswell of support for a publicly available, for pay network that could be used for commercial purposes. He jumped on the bandwagon to remove the restrictions that prevented tha

  • snopes (Score:2, Informative)

    by Reignking (832642)
    And here [snopes.com] is the Snopes.com page to refute it all...
  • by eSims (723865)
    For the record, He said no such thing.

    Maybe he didn't say it... but you have to admit that it has been the source of almost endless humour. Come on, admit it! Gore is a Bore! But spin the facts a bit and it's downright entertaining.

    Just goes to show that people are more interested in entertainment that truth. Pretty pathetic really...

  • I've always wondered (Score:5, Interesting)

    by crimoid (27373) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:29PM (#12442391)
    If Gore did anything to convince Clinton not to sign the DMCA.
    • Now why would the guy who strongly backed standard encryption with government mandated back doors (Clipper chip [epic.org]) do anything to try and slow the DMCA at all?
  • Where.. (Score:3, Funny)

    by Turn-X Alphonse (789240) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:30PM (#12442399) Journal
    Where's the award for Google? They truely helped the internet after the bubble burst. There's very very few people who arein the business and don't wish they could work for them. What you expected a slashdot story without a Google comment?
  • Who? (Score:2, Funny)

    by wsanders (114993)
    Who is this Al Gore guy? Didn't he run for president or something?
  • by NixLuver (693391) <stwhite@@@kcheretic...com> on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:30PM (#12442406) Homepage Journal
    Inventing the internet, do you think he might have spent a LITTLE more time dealing the the /. effect? Remember, Al is they guy that lots of people didn't vote for because he was "too smart". *sigh* Instead, we deprived some poor villiage in Texas the use of their idiot for eight long years.
  • by Sprotch (832431) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:31PM (#12442427)
    The phrase "[d]uring my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet." appears spun to make it seem like he was responsible for the Internet's existence?

    Obviously that's a long stretch from claiming to have invented it, however it seems obvious that Gore was impliedly trying to get the credit for the Internet's existence. It's bad spin that backfired...
  • algorithms (Score:5, Funny)

    by horvathcom (629683) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:36PM (#12442477)
    I thought he invented algorithms!
  • by SuperKendall (25149) * on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:51PM (#12442644)
    Perhaps instead Al Gore should be awarded for pioneering the idea that the government should have almost unlimited monitoring power of the populace - being the main backer of the Clipper [epic.org] Chip [epic.org] and all.

    It never fails to amaze me what support the guy gets on Slashdot when he was instrumental in coming so close to having a single, government controlled form of encryption be th eonly one allowed. If anything shows a guy who Does Not Get The Internet, that is it.
  • by Silicon Jedi (878120) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @12:52PM (#12442656)
    Yes, Al Gore was puffing himself up a bit... No, he wasn't claiming to be the inventor. But, He did sponsor many of the congressional bills that funded the infant internet In 1989, Gore introduced the National High-Performance Computer Technology Act, a five-year, $1.7 billion program to expand the capacity of the information highway to connect government, industry, and academic institutions. Signed by President Bush in 1991, the bill supported research and development for an improved national computer system, and assisted colleges and libraries in connecting to the new network. High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 - Title I: High-Performance Computing and the National Research and Education Network - Directs the President to implement the National High-Performance Computing Program. Sets forth Program requirements, including: (1) setting goals and priorities for Federal high-performance computing research, development, and networking; (2) providing for interagency coordination; (3) providing for oversight of the operation and evolution of the National Research and Education Network provided for in this Act; (4) improving software; (5) acceleration of high-performance computer system development; (6) technical support and research and development of software and hardware needed to address fundamental problems in science and engineering (Grand Challenges); (7) educating undergraduate and graduate students; and (8) providing for security.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 05, 2005 @01:03PM (#12442836)
      from http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh120302.shtml [dailyhowler.com]

      "...even one of Gore's long-standing foes was praising his work in this area. On September 1, 2000, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich addressed the American Political Science Association. His remarks were broadcast on C-SPAN:

      GINGRICH: In all fairness, it's something Gore had worked on a long time. Gore is not the Father of the Internet, but in all fairness, Gore is the person who, in the Congress, most systematically worked to make sure that we got to an Internet, and the truth is--and I worked with him starting in 1978 when I got [to Congress], we were both part of a "futures group"--the fact is, in the Clinton administration, the world we had talked about in the '80s began to actually happen. ...

      David Maraniss, 8/26/00: Gore really was instrumental in developing the Internet. He was the one congressman who understood the whole thing in the '70s."
  • by YankeeInExile (577704) * on Thursday May 05, 2005 @01:03PM (#12442834) Homepage Journal
    ...and this guy [slashdot.org] says it best.
  • What's it worth? (Score:3, Informative)

    by 99bottles (257169) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @01:23PM (#12443081)
    This isn't exactly a Nobel prize. The Webby's are presented by this group:
    "The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes members such as musicians Beck and David Bowie, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, political columnist Arianna Huffington, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening..."

    Some intellectual heavy weights there!
  • by inkswamp (233692) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @02:41PM (#12444043)
    If all of this is just a scheme by the so-called liberal media and by Al Gore, why is it that Gore was invited to the 25th anniversary of the first ARPANET node which was intended only for those directly involved in the project or those who were deemed to have contributed in some significant way--either technologically or in terms of leadership or support (i.e, as a well-informed politician might)? What, were the ARPANET guys also victim to the dastardly liberal media too?

    The guest list included a lot of names we all know nowadays as synonymous with creation of the Internet. Invitations to this event were not handed out to just anyone and there was even some debate as to whether or not to invite Bill Gates (eventually, they did but he turned it down because he wasn't convinced that the Internet was going to be important. Heh-heh....)

    Any of you knee-jerk righties out there want to offer up some ideas as to why Gore was invited? Any revisionist, Rush Limbaugh-like theories out there?

    And you can look it up in several sources if you don't believe me. The one I have immediately at hand is "Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet" by Hafner and Lyon (p. 260 for those of you too lazy to flip through the index.) There are other sources out there for that info too. So please, before bashing Gore for supposedly specious claims about his involvement in the development of the Internet, know what you're talking about.

  • by danila (69889) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @03:38PM (#12444664) Homepage
    I think at this stage it is clearly a problem of people clinging to different understandings of common words.

    Gore said "I took the initiative in creating the Internet".

    Let's read this.

    1) To "take the initiative [answers.com]" means to "begin a task or plan of action". This is an idiom. It uses "initiative" in the sense of "the power to originate something," a usage dating from the late 1700s.
    2) To create [answers.com] is obviously "To cause to exist; bring into being".

    We must note, of course, that the Internet was not created instantly on a certain day - instead it was a long process, during which something that wasn't Internet (APRANET) gradually became Internet. APRANET clearly wasn't Internet, it was a precursor of it. There were several important stages - transition to TCP/IP, creation of university backbone, creation of WWW and the Internet was created throughout these steps, not in 1969 when first computers were connected via APRANET.

    This basically means that Gore was one of the major forces behind the process of creation of the modern Internet, he has the right to claim what he did.

    There can be an alternative way to parse the sentence. May be it meant "initiative in the process", that is noone was leading the process and noone was taking the initiative. If Gore was in fact one of the leaders, then he is still justified in claiming what he did. Was he one of the leaders? Well, I think it is a safe bet to state that on the political front he was THE leader of Internet emergence. So far no one has come forward and claimed that someone else was.
  • by lildogie (54998) on Thursday May 05, 2005 @04:30PM (#12445263)
    The Fundamental Unit of Computer Logic, the algorithm, was named after Al Gore, inventor of the internet.

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