The Internet is a global system of autonomous computer networks. It allows the use of Internet services such as the World Wide Web (WWW), E-Mail or FTP.
Technically standardized Internet protocols form the basis for the network communication. Precursor of the Internet is the computer network ARPANET developed in 1968 by the US Department of Defense. The aim was to link military and academic institutions within the United States. The first network consisted of just four computers from various universities which could transmit data to each other. Today almost half of the world's population uses the Internet. The distribution of the Internet contributed to a revolutionary change in all areas of life.
The rural community of Mankosi lies on a remote stretch of South Africa's eastern coast. Most homes don't have electricity or access to modern technology. So to fill this gap, the villagers decided to launch their own internet service provider. This report was supported by the Internet Society.
The remote mountain region of Tusheti in the Republic of Georgia offers breathtaking landscapes and great hospitality. Only a few of the around 12,000 Tush live in the mountains all year round. Modern technology and one of the world's highest WiFi connection is helping the locals to keep in touch with the world and attract more tourists. This report was supported by the Internet Society.
An alliance of tech giants and internet activists lost a battle against content creators seeking more protection for their work. The vote by European lawmakers to reform EU copyright law could redefine internet freedom.