How the USSR Invented the Early Internet

Prior to all this, however, in 1959 there was developed the Civil ‘National Automated Information Accounting and Processing System’ (OGAS) – a project designed as an automated control system for the economy of the USSR based upon the principles of cybernetics, including a computer network connecting data collection centres located in all regions of the country. From this the Central Government of the USSR could micro-manage the Soviet economy and ensure a smooth trajectory of progressive (Socialist) development. Any threat of the development of the usual ‘booms’, ‘busts’ and ‘troughs’ associated with predatory capitalism could be easily identified and eradicated at source BEFORE manifesting within society and causing the usual suffering throughout the populace. This unique Soviet development should probably be interpreted as the basis for the ‘modern’ internet as eventually developed in the West.

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