Chapter 1 The Internet & Web
This chapter provides an overview of concepts related to the Internet and World Wide Web. Visit the links on this page to learn more about each topic.
Resources & Chapter Links
History of the Internet & Web
Internet & Web Standards
Accessibility & Universal Design
Internet & Web Trends
Emerging Trends in Social Computing
Blogs & Wikis
RSS & Podcasting
The future is here — it's just not widely distributed yet. — William Gibson
New generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Names
It often seems like all the best .com domain names are already taken, but that won't be a problem much longer with ICANN's release of new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) extensions. New gTLDs that were announced late 2013 and early 2014 include a wide variety of options such as those listed below.
.academy .agency .bargains .berlin .bike .boutique .build .builders .buzz .cab .camera .camp .careers .center .ceo .cheap .clothing .club .codes .coffee .community .company .computer .construction .contracters .cool .dance .dating .democrat .diamonds .directory .domains .education .email .enterprises .equipment .estate .expert .farm .florist .gallery .gift .glass .graphics .guitars .guru .holdings .holiday .house .institute .international .kitchen .kiwi .land .lighting .limo .link .luxury .management .marketing .menu .ninja .photo .photography .photos .pics .pink .plumbing .recipes .red .repair .rich .sexy .shiksha .shoes .single .social .solar .solutions .support .systems .tattoo .technology .tips .today .tokyo .tools .training .uno .ventures .voting .voyage .watch .wed .works .zone
A complete list of new gTLDs is available at http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/delegated-strings. Major domain registrars, such as GoDaddy are offering preregistration for many of the new gTLDs. View an infographic to see a schedule of new gTLD launch dates.
The Internet & Web - Critical Thinking
Take a moment to carefully consider some of the issues below:
- Has the Internet changed the way that you communicate with your friends and family, work on school assignments, research and compare products? If so, how? Cite specific examples. How do you think it will impact these activities in the future?
- To see an overview of the evolution of the Internet between 2002 and 2012, view "The Internet a Decade Later," an infographic by http://www.bestedsites.com. What changes do you consider most important, most surprising, and most influential? Choose one topic that interests you. Make a prediction about the state of the topic ten years from now.
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