|For Beginners - What is the Web?|
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The internet is is simply millions of computers connected by telephone lines. You can look at information on these computers, in webpages. You find webpages by following links or by entering a web address or by searching.
The amount of information on the web available is extraordinary. You can look up Train Times. You can read newspaper Times UK News. You can check your lottery ticket Lottery.
However, the internet is more than just the web. You can send email . You can communicate in other ways. You can shop online. You can even set up your own website!
The internet isn't owned by anyone or anything. No country or government currently controls what it contains or does. Most of what is on the internet costs nothing, (although some subscription services exist). You may have to pay ISP charges and telephone charges, unless you are using a public access point!
Remember that the information that is available on the internet is owned by the people who create it, and is subject to copyright laws. Although it is freely available to read, it is still someone else's property and should be treated as such.
Nobody polices the internet. Although the British government tries to enforce British law (such as consumer protection) on UK websites, it has no powers over websites elsewhere. Along with the many excellent, honest and useful websites, there is some illegal, misleading and occasionally disgusting material out there. You need to use your own judgement.
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