Raymond Samuel Tomlinson (April 23, 1941 – March 5, 2016) was a pioneering American computer programmer who implemented the first email program on the ARPANET system, the precursor to the Internet, in 1971. It was the first system able to send mail between users on different hosts connected to ARPANET. Previously, mail could be sent only to others who used the same computer. To achieve this, he used the @ sign to separate the user name from the name of their machine, a scheme which has been used in email addresses ever since. The Internet Hall of Fame in its account of his work commented “Tomlinson’s email program brought about a complete revolution, fundamentally changing the way people communicate”. Tomlinson is internationally known and credited as the inventor of the email.
Is this the end of the Internet as we know it? One reason why there is support for the US overseeing the internet is because of the The First Amendment in the Constitution that guarantees freedom of speech which which helps prevent censorship. The Times of India reports:
ICANN will become an independent entity without US government oversight for the internet’s domain and address system, Chehade said, noting that the transition is likely to take place between July and September 2016.