Also Known As: The Information Superhighway and The Net
Currently the internet is a trend for a greater diversity of hardware resources available across an increasingly diffused and connected global network using shared protocols. The Internet is a powerful communications technology that is becoming an important tool for research, knowledge sharing, information flow and popular communications.
The internet is becoming mainstream, almost common place. It can be found on numerous platforms and in all kinds of venues. It now has a countless number of functions and features. As the net develops a free, open, collaborative, online culture, some consider it an equal rival to the more established centralized mass media outlets.
During the 1990s hundreds of millions of people around the world connected to the internet for the first time, although the network had been conceptualised in the 1930s. It was not until the early 60's did any form of an internet begin to emerge. For the next three decades what became known as the internet was a US military technology, classified, and then widely developed by education and research professionals followed by other enthusiasts or early adopters in the home and other work environments where the desktop computer had penetrated.
By the late 1990s vast quantities of digital pirated music, software and other intellectual property was obtained in proportions unheard of previously. Because the internet is so good at spreading information between users, the issue of copyright infringement has grown. Such capacity has lead some to believe a healthy internet is a large part of being in the Information Age.
The internet has displayed phenomenonal rates of growth during the last decade with the number of users, particularly with the World Wide Web and e-mail. The dominant Internet Protocol and a system of URL's has provided a platform for the popular HTML and more recently XML.
The Internet is like computers, in that it is pro-pluralism and anti-authoritarianist. Internet allows for increased discovery of and interactivity with large quantities of interesting, useful information. E.g. P2p networks, software archives and databases.
The Internet is moving through an era of widespread distributed computing towards the development of ubiquitous computing. The spread of internet worms and other evolving malicious code suggets the internet is vulnerable to attack, because amongst a number of other reasons, is still not a true data haven. The internet has a large number of CPU cycles which are unused with random and even poor connections between them.
The internet allows users to easily form nodes within other sub-networks. In theory the internet opens the door to an infinite number of networks and peers. This allow for unbounded collaboration and cooperation. The connection factor is one of many reasons people use to determine the best method or form of communication across the internet, which includes:
- File sharing
- Instant Messenger
- HTTP,the World Wide Web with many forums such as weblogs
- Internet Telephony
- Persistant Online Worlds
- Online archives
- Etiquette | E-Mail Etiquette | Usenet Etiquette
- How To Search | Searching Resources
- Internet Trends
- Security | Anonymity
Organizations helping the internet flourish
(See also Big Boys)
- Web Standards Project - (WASP) - A grassroots coalition fighting for standards that ensure simple, affordable access to web technologies for all.
- The World Wide Web Consortium - (WC3) has lots of papers about the internet, standards, etc, like Why the Internet is Good
- The International Organization for Standardization - (ISO)
- Internet Software Consortium - (ISC)
- The Internet Society - (ISOC)
Links: The History Of The Internet
- How the Internet Came to Be
- Net History in Brief - by Brad Templeton
- Long-Term Traffic Statistics - Statistics