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The internet is a global network (or net’) of inter-connected computers.

The internet provides the infrastructure through which software applications or services such as email, chatrooms and instant messaging operate.

‘Internet’ vs ‘web’: Transport vs content

Although in casual conversation used interchangeably with ‘web’, ‘internet’ and ‘web’ have different meanings.

As an analogy: a fax is sent across a telephone line, but a fax is not a telephone line.

The common-knowledge understanding of ‘internet’ and ‘web’ is often satirised with the portmanteau word ‘inter-web’; as in: “I was just looking on the inter-web thingy”.

Related terms: DNS, IP address, server, web


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