Monday, October 24, 2016

The Soviet InterNyet

Victor M. Glushkov

Benjamin Peters, professor of communications at Tulsa University, has published an extremely interesting essay titled "The Soviet InterNyet". The article outlines the Soviet efforts of constructing a nationwide computer network under the name OGAS (All-State Automated System for the Gathering and Processing of Information for the Accounting, Planning, and Governance of the National Economy). OGAS would have been a worthy rival to the United States' ARPANET, but due to resistance from Soviet party apparatchiks (and to the great disappointment of the mastermind behind the project, Victor M. Glushkov, pictured above), it never materialized.

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