I wonder what could be the word for the "Internet", if it was created by Germans (lets say in early 60-ties)
- The prefix »inter« is latin and means »between« in English and »zwischen« in German.
- English »net« and German »Netz« (both nouns) mean the same thing, and both derive from the same Proto-Germanic root »*natją«. Also German »nähen« (to sew) derives from it, and even the latin words »nodus« (node in english) and »nassa« (a fish trap) are etymological related words.
So a pure English word for »internet« would be: »between-net«, and a pure German word would be
But the word »Internet« came only in use in the 1980ies. Before that time it was:
and even before it was
which was invented 1968, and »ARPANET« is an acronym for »Advanced Research Projects Agency NETwork«
If it would have been invented by a German speaking group (which also could be researchers from Austria or Switzerland), then they might have named it after their own group. So, think of any German name for a group of scientists, add »Netzwerk« to the end of that group-name and make an acronym of it, then you have what you are searching for.
Internet stands for International Network (1,2) and the German translation is Internationales Netzwerk. However, from your question, I understand that you do not ask for a direct translation.
In case you ask for a direct translation, the name would be
Internetz (Internationales Netzwerk)
I think, the Germans would use a different name for it.
My guess is;
(1) Leben in einer vernetzten Welt, Band 1 von Robert Korz (Seite 6)
(2) Computerlexikon von André Poppek (Seite 51)
The "Deutsche Bundespost" (state-owned telecom until liberalisation) used to have a wide area communications network based on the X.25 protocol in the 80ies to connect the financial industry and university campusses. That was called
(a compound abbreviation of "Data exchange" and "paketorientiert")
The first publicly available interactive online service was called
So the internet with a German name could probably have been named like
Sprachkritiker, wie beispielsweise verschiedene Sprachvereine und viele rechtsextreme Organisationen wie die NPD, verwenden anstelle des Worts Internet deutsche Wortschöpfungen wie Weltnetz, Zwischennetz oder Internetz.