1973: “The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) initiated a research program to investigate techniques and technologies for interlinking packet networks of various kinds.” (Vint Cerf) (Much more detaled stuff in the Isoc history)

2007: “To maximize the availability of DoD network resources for official government usage, the Commander, JTF-GNO, with the approval of the Department of Defense, will block worldwide access to the following internet sites beginning on or about 14 May 2007.”

On the hitlist we find the following (Army readers, don’t bother):

http://www.youtube.com
http://www.1.fm
http://www.pandora.com
http://www.photobucket.com
http://www.myspace.com
http://www.live365.com
http://www.hi5.com
http://www.metacafe.com
http://www.mtv.com
http://www.ifilm.com
http://www.blackplanet.com
http://www.stupidvideos.com
http://www.filecabi.com

I really think this is silly – and coming from people who should know better. The sites seem to have been selected on the grounds of popularity – so they are saying that recreational Internet use is OK, except on the popular sites (cause they’re not all social networking, so they can’t pull the security excuse too easily). I.e. they say that you can’t access mtv.com but something like muchmusic.com (the Canadian equivalent!) is cool.

AP report | full text of order (PDF).