The following is a chronological listing of significant events in the development of the field of Information Technology during the 1700s. For other time periods see:
- Chronology of Events - Pre-1700
- Chronology of Events - 1800s
- Chronology of Events - 1900-1930s
- Chronology of Events - 1940s
- Chronology of Events - 1950s
- Chronology of Events - 1960s
- Chronology of Events - 1970s
- Chronology of Events - 1980s
- Chronology of Events - 1990s
- Chronology of Events - 2000s
- Chronology of Events - 2010s
1710 — The Statute of Anne is enacted in England. It is considered the origin of modern copyright law. It ends the private publishing monopoly of the Stationers' Company. It gives authors/creators the exclusive right to publish their works and profit from them for a limited time, after which it falls into the public domain.
1725 — An early form of punch cards begin to be used in textile looms.
1747 — Sir. William Watson demonstrates the transmission of electricity along a metal wire.
1787 — Article 1, §8, clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution provides that "Congress shall have power . . . to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries."
May 31, 1790 — U.S. Congress enacts the Copyright Act of 1790 — the country's first copyright law. The law provides for a term of 14 years with the option of renewing the registration for another 14 year term. The law only applied to books, maps, and charts.
1791 — The U.S. Bill of Rights is enacted.
1791 — Thomas Jefferson invents the Jefferson disk cipher.
1799 — The Rosetta Stone is found. It makes it possible to decipher the Egyptian hieroglyphs.