What Is the Information Superhighway?
When we talk about getting online, we mean being connected to the Internet--a
giant network of computers that connects people and information all over
the world. The Internet has a lot in common with other forms of communication:
In addition to words, one part of the Internet--the World Wide Web
(often shortened to WWW or the Web)--is especially interesting to people
because it includes pictures and sounds.
- Like the U.S. Postal Service, the Internet allows anyone who knows
your Internet address to send you a letter. (It's called electronic
mail, or e-mail for short).
- Like the telephone, the Internet allows you to "chat" with
other people by participating in online discussion groups.
- Like the library, the Internet contains information on almost any
topic you can imagine in many formats, including books, articles, videos,
and music recordings.
- Like the newspaper, the Internet can give you new information every
day, including world news, business, sports, travel, entertainment,
| A Short History Lesson
The Internet began in the 1960s as a U.S. Department of Defense
communication network. Soon after, university researchers and professors
began to use it to communicate with others in their fields. Internet
use really took off in the early 1990s with the arrival of the Web,
which made it easier to find and view information online. Today,
millions of people throughout the world are connected to the Internet.
No one--no country, organization, or company--is in charge of the
Internet; it's growing and being changed by its users every day.
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