The World Wide Web
The World Wide Web consists of a number of computers located
in varous places around the world, interlinked by a computer
network (the Internet).
- some of the information contained on these machines is publicly available
- much of the information is free (but may be copyrighted)
- most people regard the copyright as affecting publication for money
- much (more every day) of the information is advertis ing
Various organizations/groups use this network to distribute information
only within the organization/group. This information is private. In
this case the network is called the Intranet.
The Intranet and the Internet may or may not use the same computer
network. It is the public availability of the information which determines
what the network is called.