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1.       What is the Internet?

The Internet, is a worldwide system of computer networks - a network of networks in which users at any one computer can, if they have permission, get information from any other computer.


2.       Why was the internet created?

The Internet came in the late 1960s with the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET). Originally funded by the U.S. Department of Defence, ARPANET used packet switching to allow multiple computers to communicate on a single network.


3.       What effect has it had on society?


·         Wireless communication.

·         Media report that intense use of the Internet increases the risk of isolation, alienation, and withdrawal from society in some cases. However, it increases sociability, civic engagement, and the intensity of family and friendship relationships, in all cultures.

·         People, companies, and institutions deal with this technological change.

·         The rise of the “Me-cantered society,” gave an increased focus on individual growth and a decline in community understood in terms of space, work, family, and ascription in general.

·         Social relationships are being reconstructed on the basis of individual interests, values, and projects.

·         Community is formed through individuals’ quests for like-minded people in a process that combines online interaction with offline interaction, cyberspace, and the local space.



Connecting to the Internet

1.       What do you need to connect to and use the internet?


a.       From home

You would need an ISP, router, device and software.


b.      From a small network

Connect everything individually from the router.


c.       From a large network

Use a proxy server




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Explain the following terms

1.       Internet

A global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols.



2.   Intranet

A local or restricted communications network, especially a private network created using World Wide Web software. It is internal to the organisation.




3.    Extranet

An intranet that can be partially accessed by authorized outside users, enabling businesses to exchange information over the Internet in a secure way.




4.   Cloud

a.       Cloud processing

Cloud computing is the use of various services, such as software development platforms, servers, storage and software, over the internet, often referred to as the "cloud." The back-end of the application (especially hardware) is completely managed by a cloud vendor.




b.   Cloud storage

Cloud storage is a cloud computing model in which data is stored on remote servers accessed from the internet, or "cloud." It is maintained, operated and managed by a cloud storage service provider on a storage servers that are built on virtualization techniques.




5.   MAC address

A media access control address (MAC address) of a device is a unique identifier assigned to a network interface controller (NIC) for communications at the data link layer of a network segment. MAC addresses are used as a network address for network technologies, including Ethernet and Wi-Fi.





        6.       Internet Protocol address – IP

A unique string of numbers separated by full stops that identifies each computer using the Internet Protocol to communicate over a network.




7.   Uniform Resource Locator – URL

A uniform resource locator (URL) is the address of a resource on the Internet. A URL indicates the location of a resource as well as the protocol used to access it. A URL contains the following information: The protocol used to an access the resource. The location of the server (whether by IP address or domain name).




8.   Cookie

A small text file (up to 4KB) created by a website that is stored in the user's computer either temporarily for that session only or permanently on the hard disk. Cookies provide a way for the website to recognize you and keep track of your preferences



1.       Diagram/map of world Internet connections



Internet Worksheet