Most historical accounts say the Internet was created in 1969, when the first network of widely separated computers was set up by the Defense Department to aid in computer research. It was called the ARPANET, and it was created by scientists at Bolt Beranek & Newman, or BB&N, in Cambridge, Mass., and at Stanford University, based on concepts described earlier by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists J.C.R. Licklider and Leonard Kleinrock (and a few others).
Well, in a historical sense, that is a reasonable claim. But it’s also a bit like saying the Interstate Highway System was created by the first Native Americans who blazed some of the trails the highways would later follow.