Who Invented The Internet?

It�s an urban legend that the government launched the Internet. The myth is
that the Pentagon created the Internet to keep its communications lines up
even in a nuclear strike. The truth is a more interesting story about how
innovation happens�and about how hard it is to build successful technology
companies even once the government gets out of the way�.

If the government didn�t invent the Internet, who did? Vinton Cerf developed
the TCP/IP protocol, the Internet�s backbone, and Tim Berners-Lee gets
credit for hyperlinks.

But full credit goes to the company where Mr. Taylor worked after leaving
ARPA: Xerox. It was at the Xerox PARC labs in Silicon Valley in the 1970s
that the Ethernet was developed to link different computer networks.
Researchers there also developed the first personal computer (the Xerox
Alto) and the graphical user interface that still drives computer usage

I saw that article in the WST -- extremely interesting! What struck me the most was the idea that one can come up with the greatest inventions in the world, things that can change lives (like the protocols developed at Xerox or the principles of the Libertarian Party : - ) but if these things/ideas are not promoted well by their developers, they either die on the vine or are appropriated by those who succeed in bringing the things/ideas into a mass market.