Brenda L. Speer, LLC

 

Glossary - Internet

The firm can assist you with the many issues raised by having a presence or doing business on the Internet, such as domain name clearance, rights and disputes; E-commerce; compliance with communication statutes such as the CAN SPAM Act; privacy policies; disclaimers and linkage to third party sites.

What is the Internet?
Many people use the terms Internet and World Wide Web (a.k.a. the Web) interchangeably, but in fact the two terms are not synonymous. The Internet and the Web are two separate but related things. The Internet is a massive network of networks, a networking infrastructure. It connects millions of computers together globally, forming a network in which any computer can communicate with any other computer as long as they are both connected to the Internet. Information that travels over the Internet does so via a variety of computer languages known as protocols.

The World Wide Web, or simply Web, is a way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet. It is an information-sharing model that is built on top of the Internet. The Web uses the HTTP protocol, only one of the languages spoken over the Internet, to transmit data. Web services, which use HTTP to allow applications to communicate in order to exchange business logic, use the the Web to share information. The Web also utilizes browsers, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox, to access Web documents called Web pages that are linked to each other via hyperlinks.

Web documents also contain graphics, sounds, text and video. The Web is just one of the ways that information can be disseminated over the Internet. The Internet, not the Web, is also used for e-mail, Usenet news groups, instant messaging and file transfers. So the Web is just a portion of the Internet, albeit a large portion, but the two terms are not synonymous and should not be confused.