Situations that show how much the internet has changed the world and the impact on our lives.
Gadgets and technology play a part in our lives but literally it’s just a part, real life is definitely still out there despite the huge effect that the internet has to modern life never the less it is funny to think about the hundreds of ways it has changed our behaviour
How many do you recognize?
- How many people use the internet? Almost 4.54 billion people were active internet users as of January 2020, encompassing 59 per cent of the global population. China, India and the United States rank ahead all other countries in terms of internet users.
Do you know that the visible part of the Internet that all of us access every day makes up for only 4% of the total World Wide Web? Have you ever tried to imagine what does the rest of it contains?
Don’t worry! It isn’t all horrific, most of it is quite useful and we also use it on a daily basis. This includes accessing online banking, visiting password-protected websites, like your ESP (Email Service Provider) or Netflix, Amazon, etc.
The often worrisome part of the Internet comes in the form of Dark Web, which as identical to its name, remains dark and anonymous for the most part. Although it is well-known that anything shady can be found on the Dark Web, such as drugs, weapons, child pornography, killers & assassins for hire, terrorist recruitment forums, websites, etc.
The term was coined back in 2001 by Michael K Bergman. The deep web is mainly used by organizations and giant corporations that are not readily accessible to the common public operating on the Surface Web.
This is the area where financial records, legal documents, scientific reports, medical records, academic information, and other government resources are stored in a highly protected environment.
These pages are classified as:
- Isolated content
- Private Web
- Contextual Web
- Limited content access
- Scripts content
- Contents that are not HTML/text
What does Dark Web consist of?
It is a dark side of the Internet where anonymity, encryption, and privacy are easily penetrated and also, polemics, bizarre, atrocities and criminal acts take place over here.
Secret net is in the Dark Web also, you can access any website, which is forbidden and impossible to reach through conventional browsers.
The use of the Dark Web is varied and typically monitored by government authorities such as the FBI, military or journalists. But this space is known for illegal activities.
This dark world gathers illegal trades, drug market, hiring assassins, buying illegal guns and ammunition, human and organ trafficking, child pornography, these are a few out of the many items found in this zone.
Well keeping the technical details aside, let’s go with the human growth and interesting facts about the internet.
As a recent graduate, I can relate to the fact that the Internet has been extremely helpful in aiding and improving student learning and research, as I can cite academic resources online and watch lectures from world-class tutors from the comfort of my room.
I am a strong seeker for open access in research, education, and data, and the Internet has been a powerful enabler in bridging knowledge gaps between privileged and underprivileged communities.
The ability of the Internet to serve as a platform for disseminating information to all and sundry, regardless of race, gender, or nationality is what makes the Internet a global tool trusted by billions of people around the world.
Without connectivity we cannot have the vast interconnection that the Internet creates between billions of computers and devices, thereby forming an interconnection between people and information. Information brings knowledge, and knowledge, as they say, is power.
It has become increasingly clear that the Internet is at the core of almost all that we do.
With automation and machine learning at the forefront of transforming the scope of future jobs, open education and open data driving the scope of education and research, and social media plus blogs disrupting the status quo in communication, very soon a much larger percentage of the world population will depend on the Internet for their livelihood.
This is why it is extremely important, in preparation for the future, that we ensure all voices are heard when it comes to critical decisions regarding the future of the Internet.
The Internet is diverse by its very nature, and youth involvement is crucial to shaping the Internet of tomorrow. Young people are already shaping the online culture in so many ways. They are building their dream Internet.
For instance, as you all know that the internet has helped the banking sector and its related operations easier.
Availability of information is at fingertips, one can access any information from anywhere at any point in time. The reach is high. internet helps the issue questioned by many people in different aspects.
People earn money by sharing their knowledge and expertise, its a cost-effective platform and has a higher success rate and growth.
Interesting facts about the internet.
- China has treatment camps for internet addicts.
- NASA’S internet connection is 13000 times faster than the average U.S. user, at 91 gigabits per second.
- “LOL” used to mean lots of love before the internet.
- Internet popularity has made the child from “success kid” meme made enough money to fund his dad’s kidney transplant.
- Ellen DeGeneres’s famous Oscar selfie was retweeted 3.3 million times, which helped her gain more viewership and audience to her further shows.
- When Facebook acquired Instagram for about $1billion, the company had only 13 employees.
- Porn websites attract more visitors each month than Amazon, Netflix, and Twitter combined.
- India stands at the top level for having more people using the internet than the entire population of the U.S.
- Netflix has been around longer than Google. It started in 1987 while Google in 1998.
- Over 1,00,000 new dot com domains are registered on the web every day.
- Amazon, originally a printed book seller company, now sells more e-books than printed books, the internet made it possible Amazon is considered as one of the well-diversified company.
- The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com
- The U.S. President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in Jan 1997 was the 1st to be webcast.
- Google uses an estimated 15 billion kWh of electricity per year.
- About 1.8 billion people connect to the internet, only 450 million of them speak English. The Internet made the world more diversified and so flexible where anybody can use it with ease.
- Up until the 14th of September 1995, domain registration was free.
- Google estimates that the internet today contains about 5 million Terabytes of data.
- There are approximately 1,319,872,109 people using the internet.
- The well known social networking website Facebook [ founded by Mark Zuckerberg ] now has more than 520 million registered users and if Facebook was a country, it would have taken third place among the world’s largest countries.
- Today’s news website contains as much information as a person of the 18th century.
- Internet infrastructure is the fastest in South Korea and Japan. The average bandwidth speed there is 22 Mbps, far above the united states [8.4 mbps] the Philippines, however, has the slowest internet speed in the entire southeast Asian region with an average speed of 3.54 Mbps.
- Google Streetview team photographed 20 petabytes of data, comprising photos taken along 5 million miles of roads, covering 39 countries and 300 cities.the first five American cities were captured on a 5-megapixel camera. Now the company uses a device with a 75-megapixel sensor.
- LI-FI refers to light communications technology, which delivers high speed, bidirectional, networked mobile communications in a manner similar to wifi but at download speeds 100 times faster. It promises huge advantages, as well as more secure communications and reduced device interference.
- Google lets you use a wide array of services for free, in exchange for information . if you have location history turned on, it will track where you go, google will also track your search in a bunch of different services and provide search results based on your history. Google can serve you interest-based, ads because it has a bunch of data about you.
- Google also keeps track of what devices you use and when you were last active on them to make you feel less paranoid and protected against unsanctioned access. but if you ever want to break ties or just make a copy of your data, you can use google takeout to export everything to a zip file.
- Even though Bill Gates is known for his brilliant understanding of the IT world, during his career he’s made predictions, which were way off the mark. In 2004, Gates predicted that the problem of spam email messages will be gone within two years. similarly, in 1981 gates reportedly said that nobody would ever need more than 640 kilobytes of memory on their personal computer, and finally, he had also said that Microsoft will never make a 32-bit operating system . however, in 1992 in order to keep up with demand, Microsoft released a beta of 32-bit Windows NT.
- Within a month the google search engine can handle 35 billion queries.
Growth of e-commerce
With the rise of smartphone trends and the fall of the internet charges have given rise to e-commerce growth allowing its customers to view different options, the difference in cost, review of the product and its benefits and advantages for the price. People become rational.
Websites such as Amazon, eBay, and China’s Alibaba have helped hasten the transition from street shopping to making purchases from the comfort of your home.
Today, with the click of a mouse or a simple voice command, a host of items — from oven gloves to groceries and computers to cell phones — can be ordered for home delivery, often on the same day.
Today’s offices are a world away from the workplaces of 15 or 20 years ago. High-speed internet connections mean that workers have almost instant access to the information they need to do their jobs, while video conference calls and presentations with colleagues on the other side of the world are commonplace.
Additionally, computers are used for a range of other tasks including sending emails, scheduling meetings and writing memos.
In some industries, computers are used to carry out complicated and time-consuming tasks such as designing buildings and processing large amounts of data.
The use of DVDs, CDs, and other physical media is in decline as the streaming of content through TVs, tablets and smartphones have become increasingly popular.
Netflix, for example, now has more than 100 million subscribers, while music streaming service Spotify had more than 70 million subscribers as of January 2018.
People all over the world can now make money transfers, pay bills and set up regular payments online. In India, the popularity of internet banking is increasing, with 43 per cent of adults using it in 2019, according to the ONS with a staggering 159 logins per second.
Conclusion: A world without the internet is unimaginable. Connecting billions of people worldwide, the internet is a core pillar of the modern information society. The global online penetration rate is 59 per cent, with Northern Europe ranking first with a 95 per cent internet penetration rate among the population. The countries with the highest internet penetration rate worldwide are the UAE, Denmark, and South Korea. At the opposite end of the spectrum is North Korea with virtually no online usage penetration among the general population, ranking last worldwide. As of 2018, Asia was the region with the largest number of online users over 2 billion at the latest count.