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  • A system of computer networks that interconnects worldwide and uses a set of tele communication protocols called Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). Together, these protocols provide for a virtual connection that allows for the transferring and forwarding of information, via packets of data, to intended locations. Social and behavioral scientists rely heavily on the Internet as a tool for gathering both primary and secondary data. Potential uses include obtaining raw data for analysis, finding information about a particular theory or methodology to be used in a research project, or reviewing literature to put new research in context. The study of the impact of the Internet itself is a prevalent research topic in all reaches of these disciplines.

    The predecessor to the Internet was conceived in the ...

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