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Visual Guide to the History of the Internet

A quick visual-centric course designed to help you understand how the Internet began.

This course is designed to be a simple way to quickly grasp how the Internet was started, how it runs, and who is behind the ongoing maintenance of the powerful service available around the world. Each lesson consists of an interesting and relevant chart as well as a brief explanation.

The course is based on a highly useful Vox article where you can find additional explanations as well as additional visual guides to the Internet. The entire course should take you roughly an hour to finish. If you have a question or comment, please write in the Discussion Forum within this course.

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Your Instructor


ICANN is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers. Through its coordination role of the Internet's naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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