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The internet is a computer-based worldwide information network It is composed of a large number of smaller interconnected networks called internets Unlike the traditional broadcasting media such as radio and television the Internet is a decentralized system It can publish ideas and can sell products with a minium overhead cost The internets from which the Internet is composed are usually public access networks meaning that the resources of the network can be shared with anyone logging on to or accessing the network How and when did it come about What organization is responsible for its developmentThe Internet was originally formed in the United Sates during the 1960s by the Advanced Research Projects Agency ARPA Working under contract to the US Department of Defense ARPA initially connected computers to various institutions This original network the very first computer network was called ARPANET Scientist built ARPANET with the intention of creating a network that would still be able to function efficiently if part of the network was damaged As ARPANET grew in the 1970s with more and more universities and institutions connecting to it users found it necessary to establish standards for the way that data was transmitted over the network In 1989 English computer scientist Timothy Berners-Lee introduced the World Wide Web Berners-Lee initially designed the WWW to aid communication between physicists who were working in different parts of the world As it grew however the WWW revolutionized the use of the Internet During the early 1990s increasingly large numbers of users who were not part of the scientific or academic communities began to use the Internet due in large part to the ability of the WWW to easily handle multimedia documentsThe internet can be used in many ways Businesses use the Internet to provide access to complex databases such as financial databases Companies can carry out commerce online including advertising selling buying distributing products and providing after-sales services It is used for voice and video
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