"the inception of the internet as a network to connect the computers of academics together for collaboration, innovation and information sharing."
Pretty sure that the US DoD funded ARPAnet to create a network that would be able to withstand a Soviet attack, by routing around destroyed nodes.
It's true that they formed a weird symbiosis with academics to achieve this. But let's not forget that part of history, shall we? Military goals were an important part of the Internet's inception.