no one runs the internet

The mạng internet has had a bigger impact on the world phàn nàn any invention

But the mạng internet is a strange thing. When we really think about it, many of us realise just how little we actually know about it.

We know how lớn use it, sure. But what is it? How does it work? And who owns it?

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The Scale of the Internet

Before we get going, it’s worth reminding ourselves how big the mạng internet actually is.

In short, the internet is massive!

Three hundred and twenty-eight million new devices are connected lớn the mạng internet every month. That means, by the time you’ve read this article, another 3,810 new devices will be online.

And the mạng internet gets a lot of use. In fact, every second, 6,000 tweets are tweeted, 40,000 Google queries are searched and two million emails are sent.

It’s expanding, too. Indeed, the number of active websites grows every second. Today, there are more phàn nàn a billion and a half sites on the World Wide Web.

Facilitating all of this is a vast network of fibre-optic lines, telephone poles, undersea cables, satellites, microwave links and everything else that comprises the “physical side” of the mạng internet.

So, whoever owns the mạng internet, well, they own something staggeringly huge.

Who Invented The Internet?

If we’re looking for owners, it’s worth finding out who invented the internet.

There’s not really one person lớn credit. The history of the mạng internet is a complicated one, with many people playing a key role.

Even in the early 1900s, theorists lượt thích Nicola Tesla and Marshall McLuhan were envisioning a “world wireless system” that would act lượt thích a “global village” where people could access and share information freely.

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These ideas began lớn become a reality in the 60s, when the US Department of Defence created ARPANET, or the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, which used a new method called “packet switching” lớn liên kết computers up in a network.

Though packet switching had been developed by American computer scientist Paul Baran prior lớn its implementation at ARPANET, ARPANET was the first time it was properly funded and put lớn use.

Today, packet switching – which groups data before transmitting it in packets – is still the primary basis for data communications worldwide.

But the story doesn’t over at the invention of package switching. In the early 1980s, Tim Berners-Lee conceived of a project based on the concept of hypertext (interconnected documents connected via hyperlinks) lớn facilitate sharing and updating information among researchers at CERN.

In 1989, Berners-Lee saw an opportunity lớn combine hypertext with the mạng internet. The result was the World Wide Web, an “information space” where documents and other trang web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) interlinked by hyperlinks.

The World Wide Web is accessible via the mạng internet, but it is distinct from it – it is a way of accessing information over the medium of the mạng internet (that enormous network of networks). But Berners-Lee doesn’t even own the Web, let alone the mạng internet. In fact, he made a conscious choice lớn give the World Wide Web lớn society for miễn phí. Hero.

So, Who Owns It?

The short answer is no one and everyone – which sounds paradoxical. Let us explain.

No single person or organisation controls the mạng internet in its entirety. Like the global telephone network, no one individual, company or government can lắc claim lớn the whole thing. However, lots of individuals, companies and governments own certain bits of it.

Every telephone pole, cable, satellite, router, datacentre, etc. is owned by someone. But alone they’re essentially useless – it’s only when they’re connected that they sườn the mạng internet. In this way, the mạng internet is more of a concept phàn nàn a physical entity. Though people own the infrastructure that supports it, that infrastructure is constantly changing.

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It’s hard lớn own a concept. Copyright only applies lớn work that is fixed in tangible sườn (such as written documents, musical recordings and sánh on). And, though patents protect specific ideas – not just expressions of them – they are not suitable for broad concepts. The mạng internet is a very broad concept.

As such, the mạng internet isn’t really owned by anyone. Its owner is humanity itself. Which means that you own the mạng internet as much as anyone else.

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