Australian IT – FTP designer proclaims net’s birthday (Barbara Gengler, JANUARY 07, 2003)

THE internet’s date of birth is a subject of considerable dispute, but a posting this week puts it precisely at January 1, 1983.

Bob Braden, who helped design the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) posted his claim on a mailing list of the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force).
January 1, 1983, was “when the ARPANET (a system developed by the US Department of Defence’s Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) officially switched from the NCP (Network Control Protocol) to TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol)”, he said.

Net’s Birthday