The World Wide Web Is Not Always Just A Click Away

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Since the beginning of mankind the need to communicate with one another has served as an essential part of existing. From the hieroglyphics painted in pyramids in Egypt, sending smoke signals by Indians, communicating over radio, writing a letter and sending it via mail service to present day communication via cellular phone and internet. According to the International Telecommunication Union, by the end of 2015 nearly half of the 7.2 billion people on the planet will have access to the internet (Internet Used by, 2015). The ability to log on to a computer and communicate via the internet has changed the way people interact. This real time ability made the world a much smaller place. However, this access to the World Wide Web was not always just a click away. In the late 1960’s, a Department of Defense (DOD) sponsored program known as Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPAN), developed the first working prototype of the internet (Andrews, 2013). As technology has advanced throughout history the ability of mankind to exploit the conveniences afforded by the technology has also advanced. While the advantages of the internet outweigh the disadvantages it would be irresponsible to overlook the negatives. According to Andrews, (2013) by the 1990’s the internet prototype had progressed into what was then called the World Wide Web, which is what has developed into what nearly half the world uses today (n.p.). Just a few years before the internet began to be

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