Why Russia's first attempt at the internet failed
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The idea of a civilian computer network was around for decades in the Soviet Union. So what happened?

In the 1960s, a Russian engineer proposed a civilian computer network to connect workers and farmers all across the Soviet Union, and the idea made it all the way to the highest authorities in Moscow.

What went wrong? Watch this video to find out, and read this in-depth piece for analysis on how this Soviet failure unfolded.

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