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Internet, extranet, internet… there are many terms that are part of the web jargon, but how to find your way around? Let’s find out more about the Internet.

Internet: definition

The Internet has changed the way our society works. What is called the Internet is a computer network that groups together all the interconnected networks of the world. Its purpose is to link computers and servers that share a common computer language.

In order to share information between all these networks, they all work with standardized data transfer protocols.

Among the actions made possible by the Internet are emails and instant messaging services, streaming or what is called the World Wide Web (www).

The www, which literally means “the world spider’s web”, is the system that allows you to consult pages of Internet sites through a browser and search engines. Today, we tend to confuse the Internet with the web, but the web is in fact only one element among all the possibilities offered by the Internet.

The creation of Internet

It is in the 60s that researchers at MIT began to be interested in computer networks and the interest of social interactions through computers.

It was in 1964 that the first connection between two computers in the United States took place. This was followed by a lot of research to create networks, channels and computer languages to increase connections.

In the 1980s, two major actors in the development of the Internet: ARPA and CERN will adopt two types of communication for all networks to be interconnected. These are FTP and HTTP. The Web appeared in the 1990s with HTML pages allowing to add text, images etc., which will depend on a URL address and will be accessible by HTTP.

Since the 2000s, the Internet has grown considerably and now has more than a billion sites with about 3 billion users.