The Internet

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Topic: Identity
Schedule: Week 10 (August 24 - August 31)
Art Project: Microblogging (Pitesti, Romania)

The Internet is the world’s largest telecommunications network ever built and is the fastest way to transfer any type of data between any two points on the globe. Originally known as the ARPANET while still a research project at the University of California, Los Angeles in the late 1960s, use of the Internet became much more common in the 1990s with the invention of the World Wide Web in 1989. As of January 2009, approximately one in every four people on the globe has access to the Internet.

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