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The New Communications Technologies, 5th Edition by Barbara Morgenstern, Michael Mirabito

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17      Information Services: The Internet and the World Wide Web

INTRODUCTION

Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days describes Phineas Fogg’s momentous journey. Today, we can complete the same trip in seconds via the Internet. In brief, the Internet can be described as a global data highway. You can travel on this electronic road to exchange information with sites scattered across the globe.

The Internet can trace its roots to the late 1960s. It started as a U. S. government project, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET). Designed, in part, to experiment with and to demonstrate decentralized computer networking, ARPANET eventually evolved into the Internet structure.1

The Internet also remains a decentralized entity. ...

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