The Internet is a fundamental tool today; however, it had several detractors in its beginnings, especially in what corresponds to its legal part. This article will find out who supported the law that allowed this tool to be “opened up” on a global level.
The first versions of the Internet emerged in the 1950s, and its practices were implemented in the 1980s and late 1990s, where the triple www (world wide web) was released, and its use became common. How this interconnected computer infrastructure spreads globally. The Internet was created to obtain a set of decentralized communication networks; today, these networks are interconnected through TCP / IP protocols, functioning as a truly global reach network.
The debate in the US Congress
Regarding the discussion in the United States Congress on the use of the Internet, the Committee on Energy and Commerce, its support services such as the General Accounting Office (GAO) and the Congressional Research Service (CRS) were key elements legal development process.
The Atari Democrats (Atari Democrats) were young congressmen who saw in computing a way to future prosperity; they considered that high-speed processors and new software systems were instruments for developing new competitive commercial advantages.
The Gore Law
In 1991, the High-Performance Communications and Computing Act or Gore Act (the name given about former US Congressman and Vice President Al Gore, who promoted said law) was created. This law established the foundations that sustained the development of the Internet, becoming the milestone that defines the Internet passage from being a “university and research” network to becoming the massive and commercial network as we know it today.
The United States Congress at that time, aware of the importance of the Internet as a means of communication and global development, had among its plans to regulate its use; however, it is important to note that this project also had its detractors, who considered it “A danger” for future societies, especially due to its enormous implications in the events of daily life.
About Al Gore
Albert Arnold Gore (Al Gore) went down in history as one of the main responsible for promoting the laws that allowed the Internet to become what it is today; Al Gore was the 45th Vice President of the United States and a congressman from the Democratic Party, he was a great advocate and promoter of legislation that allowed for expansion and greater public access to the Internet. Al Gore was one of the first government officials to help create the so-called “Information Superhighway,” in addition to recognizing the impact that the Internet could have beyond the academic world, which could drive economic and educational growth globally.
Al Gore’s interest in computers dates back to the 1970s when he was a congressman, where he had a reputation as one of the “Atari Democrats.” Al Gore created the High-Performance Computing and Communications Act of 1991 (Gore Act), which helped develop the Internet and allocate $ 600 million for high-performance computing and helping create the NREN (National Network for Research and Development). Education).
Will something similar happen with Bitcoin?
The debate on the laws related to Bitcoin is already raised in the US congress, some legislators favor implementing laws that help Bitcoin, but at the same time, some congressmen are against it. In contrast, others consider that it is still early to give it the notoriety and importance it could have shortly.
It is important to note that the Gore Act had many detractors and great efforts had to be made to move it forward. To achieve this objective, congressmen must commit to this type of initiative so that legislative projects are approved; only the future will tell us who (or who) will be the congressmen who will really commit to this objective and promote laws. That contributes to the massification of Bitcoin globally.
Finally, we can ask ourselves a simple question to reflect on. What if Al Gore’s time, critical congressmen had prevented the Internet from developing and spreading globally? Would we be using the Internet as we do today?
What do you think about this topic? Do you think any of the current congressmen will follow Al Gore’s path?
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