Describe briefly the evolution of the Internet and World Wide Web
Perhaps the most dramatic new technology surrounds the development of the information superhighway and its bedrock, the Internet. The Internet is a vast and burgeoning global web of computer networks, with no central management or ownership. It was created during the late 1960s by the U.S Department of Defense, initially to link government labs, contractors, and military installations. Today, the Internet links computer users of all types around the world. Anyone with a PC and modem or television and set top web box and the right software can browse the internet to obtain or share information on almost any subject and to interact with other users. Companies are using the Internet to link employees in remote offices, distributes sales information more quickly, build closer relationships with customers and suppliers, and sell and distribute their products more efficiently and effectively. Internet usage surged in the early 1990s with the development of the user-friendly World Wide Web. More than 50 million people now are surfing the Internet each month up from just 1 million people in late 1994. There may be as many as 4 to 6 million Web sites worldwide and these numbers are growing explosively.