Introducing the timeline of ICT and Internet governance developments
The first development of ICTs and the Internet can be traced to almost 200 years ago, with the birth of the telegraph in 1836. As we fast forward through the centuries, this interactive timeline of ICT and Internet governance developments walks us through the many events, debates, and outcomes, that have come to shape ICTs, the Internet, and digital policy as we know it today.
Move through the timeline and explore additional resources. We also invite you to navigate our observatory and the 40+ digital policy issues for more updates on what is happening in each field.
The timeline, which is a living resource, is compiled by curators of the GIP Digital Watch observatory. Sources include:
- An Introduction to Internet governance (7th edition, 2016), by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Director DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform
- Internet governance (IG) as a diplomatic priority (2013), by Virginia Paque, Internet Governance and E-diplomacy Programmes, DiploFoundation
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