Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Technology and the Law
John S. Gooden
How we communicate has changed because of the explosive growth of the Internet, which has prompted the development of many new technologies (e.g., digital cameras, wireless computers). The Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) are often confused, and the terms are used interchangeably. The Internet is a networking infrastructure. It is a network of networks that is capable of connecting computers around the world utilizing a variety of protocols. The WWW is the medium by which one accesses information over the Internet using a browser that connects the end user to Web documents or pages that contain video, graphics, text, and sound. The Internet is available in over 200 countries, millions of people use it daily, and there are over 100 million Web pages of information. The Internet is a teaching and learning tool that has tremendous potential for the user; therefore, students must have free access to the ...