Define the Internet, describe how large it is, and find out how fast it is growing.
List and define the ten basic Internet services of e-mail, listserv, newsgroups, chat, instant messaging, videoconferencing, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), the World Wide Web, the Rich Site Summary (RSS), and blogging.
Explain what is meant by client-server computing.
Define the role played by the transmission control protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP) in the TCP/IP protocol suite.
Understand the Internet naming system of domains and subdomains.
Provide a brief history of the Internet, explaining how it grew from its humble origins into the worldwide network that we enjoy today.


 Who is Using the Internet?

These sites collect information about the people who use the Internet. Which site has the most useful information? Would one be better than the other for a specific purpose?

ClickZ Stats

    Pew Internet and American Life Project

How Fast is the Internet Growing?

Each of these sites takes a slightly different look at the way the Internet is growing. Which site is most useful to you as a student?


Hobbes' Internet Timeline

World Wide Web

Tim Berners-Lee invented the Web and the W3C maintains current standards as the Web continues to evolve. Which of the projects currently underway at W3C seems to best extend the ideas of Tim Berners-Lee?
World Wide Web Consortium
Copyright © W3C® 1994-2002 (MIT, NRIA, Keio). All Rights

Home Page of Tim Berners-Lee 

Domains and Subdomains
As the Internet continues to grow some group or groups have to help to organize it. What are the contributions of each of these groups?

VeriSign Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers

ISC Internet Domain Survey

Domain name registries around the world from UNINETT

Brief History of the Internet
After visiting the two sites below, you should have a better idea of how the Internet has changed over time. Which events seem the most significant? Which individuals would you say made the largest contributions?

Hobbes' Internet Timeline

Short History of the Internet by Bruce Sterling

These links will take you to places to get free e-mail addresses as suggested in the exercies.
Yahoo mail  MSN Hotmail




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