The Internet In 1993
CBC documentary from 1993 about this new thing called 'Internet.'
The Internet is a worldwide, publicly accessible network of interconnected computer networks that transmit data by packet switching using the standard Internet Protocol (IP). It is a "network of networks" that consists of millions of smaller domestic, academic, business, and government networks, which together carry various information and services, such as electronic mail, online chat, file transfer, and the interlinked Web pages and other documents of the World Wide Web.
The network gained a public face in the 1990s. On August 6, 1991, CERN, which straddles the border between France and Switzerland, publicized the new World Wide Web project, two years after British scientist Tim Berners-Lee had begun creating HTML, HTTP and the first few Web pages at CERN.
An early popular web browser was ViolaWWW based upon HyperCard. It was eventually replaced in popularity by the
Mosaic web browser. In 1993 the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois released version 1.0 of Mosaic, and by late 1994 there was growing public interest in the previously academic/technical Internet.
By 1996 usage of the word "Internet" had become commonplace.
Meanwhile, over the course of the decade, the Internet successfully accommodated the majority of previously existing public computer networks. During the 1990s, it was estimated that the Internet grew by 100% per year, with a brief period of explosive growth in 1996 and 1997.
In 2007, 1.13 billion people used the Internet according to Internet World Stats.
Writing in the Harvard International Review, philosopher N.J.Slabbert has asserted that the Internet is fast
becoming a basic feature of global civilization, so that what has traditionally been called "civil society" is
now becoming identical with information technology society as defined by Internet use.
There are 4.39 billion internet users in 2019.
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