Often called the ‘network of networks,’ the Internet is a global network that uses wires and a common set of communication rules to link networks of all sizes, allowing them to share information. Characterized technically by an open and decentralized architecture that supports different network designs, the Internet is, to date, free from external regulation or monopolistic control. It is a genuinely shared, universal resource that has revolutionized the communications world, both technically and socially, by providing users with opportunities for new modes of interaction.

An Exponential Development

In 1962 the concept of a global planetary network first emerged when Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider of MIT presented the idea of a set of interconnected computers, a ‘Galactic Network,’ in a series of memos. Shortly after this he ...

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