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.
Digital entrepreneurship has opened up employment avenues for young people on the African continent. A great number of social media influencers are now earning revenue from their content thanks to the internet. One of them is 30-year-old Zimbabwean Luckie Aaroni. Luckie is the founder of BustopTV, an online channel.
Volkswagen CEO Diess says 2020 will see the start of a boom in electric cars, and he predicts the humble automobile will become a rolling internet device. But batteries are likely to be the choke point and European suppliers are desperately needed.
China has been building the Silk Road for five years. More than 100 projects have been completed as part of its Belt and Road Initiative. Apart from major transportation infrastructure projects, cables for faster internet have also been laid out. German companies also want to benefit from the initiative.