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International Internet Day is celebrated worldwide, every year on 29th of October.

Since the year 2005 the International Internet Day has been famously celebrated to commemorate a momentous day in the history of telecommunications and technology. This was the event of the sending of the first message, first electronic message which was transferred from one computer to another in 1969. This was situated in California, in the USA.

Today the International Internet Day is also an on-line project germinating from the society, of the society and for the society. The International Internet Day project is open to everyone and anyone just as access to the internet is open and free for everyone. The International Internet Day thus celebrates this grand democratic fervor which in essential is linked to this idea of liberation, where everyone is afforded an equal opportunity and an equal advantage to share of services, which connect the world to each other.

Gleaning back at the history of the event would inform us that the journey to this era of easy communication wasn’t exactly as simple as surfing up information on Google. For starters it the present scenario has been preceded by years of attempts including failed attempts to render digital data visible to everyone, instead of using teleprinters and other devices. At the time when history was being made, Internet was known as ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network). This was the year of 1969 when Charley Kline, a student programmer at the UCLA transmitted the first ever message on 29th of October in 1969.

This event was to follow only few months after the first man landed on the moon. Great things were happening in the world, and this was one of it. Charley Kline, working under the supervision of Professor Leonard Kleinrock, transmitted a message from the computer housed at the UCLA to a computer positioned at the Stanford Research Institute’s computer. The two computers, one at the UCLA was the SDS Sigma 7 Host computer and the receiver was the SDS 940 Host at the Stanford Research Institute. Interestingly enough the message was a text message comprising the word ‘login’. But as it would transpire only the letter L and O could be transmitted across, because following the initial transmission the system collapsed and the transmission crashed.

The Internet is a worldwide, publicly accessible series of interconnected computer networks that transmit data by packet switching, using standard IP (Internet Protocol). Now Internet has become one of the most important part of our life. Most of us cannot think of spending one day without internet. Internet has made our lives much easy.

This annual celebration of International Internet Day is an occasion for us to express our gratitude to the Lord for the wondrous gift of the internet. We praise and thank Him for the wisdom and creativity that enabled people to invent awesome communications innovations that have enabled the world to be interconnected as never before in the history of the world.

Canticle of Praise for the Media in Today’s World

Based on the writings of Bl. James Alberione, SSP (Founder of the Pauline Family)

May you be praised, Lord God, for the printed word–bread for our minds, light for our lives.

We give thanks for the talents and dedication of all who serve the truth in love, and for all whose technical and professional skills make possible the production of books, newspapers, magazines, and reviews.

We celebrate, Lord, the modern marvel of television, which brings into the heart of our homes the joys and pain of all human living. Music, drama and laughter are shared in ways undreamed of in the past.

May you be praised, Lord God, for radio, which soars on the wings of the wind and provides for each nation an immediate channel for news, views, and entertainment and a means of offering to the listening world its own distinctive voice.

We celebrate, Lord, the writers, artists, directors, and all those whose gifts light up both theater and cinema and provide audiences with a heightened awareness of their human condition.

We celebrate the wonder of digital communications which manifest a new iconography that links people around the globe in solidarity of faith, hope, and love.

We thank you, Lord God, for the unending Pentecost of your creative Holy Spirit which enables your sons and daughters to be afire with your truth, beauty, and goodness.

May the blind see, the deaf hear, and the poor receive justice through the proclamation of the Good News via today’s media.

Together let us rejoice in the God-given talents and the creative gifts of those who promote the dignity of the human person and who build communion among peoples the world over through their dedication and love. Amen.

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