How to go about monitoring the vast new online world of the Internet. TheInternet was developed initially for the Pentagon to transfer the curtailinformation. This essy is on the internet and how the world plans to deal withthe new problems that it brings.

To start a brief defination of what theinternet is Before the Internet, there was ARPAnet (the predecessor of today’sInternet), created almost 25 years ago as an experimental network to supportmilitary research for the U.S. Defense Department. One of the primary designgoals of ARPAnet was to prove that distributed networking would protect thenetwork from destruction by locating individual nodes as far apart from eachother as possible. ARPAnet grew from there as marketing opportunities forced itsdevelopers to create Inter-net Protocol (IP) software for nearly everyconceivable type of computer.

It didn’t matter what type of computer equipmentthat government and universities had (since they had no nationwide standard forpurchasing computer equipment), because the IP software was designed to bepractically universal. In the early 80’s, the National Science Foundation(NSF) stepped in and created five supercomputer centers and called it NSFNET.Now, anyone that could afford the cost of a leased-line connection could havepackets routed to and from these supercomputers and other systems that were alsoconnected to these centers. The popularity and utility of this concept almostimmediately wiped out ARPAnet with the load of data that was being transmitted.NSF then decided to build their own network based on ARPAnet’s IP technology.This more advanced network was connected through 56kbps leased lines.

In 1992NSFNET's backbone was upgraded to T3 (44.736Mbps) lines around the country -10-BaseT ethernet operates at 10Mbps. The increased ease with which it waspossible to transfer information, also soon completely overwhelmed even thislarger network. In 1987, a contract to manage and upgrade the network wasawarded to Merit Network, Inc.

in partnership with IBM and MCI. The old networkequipment was replaced with faster telephone lines and faster computers thatstill used nearly the same IP software to control it. This upgrade cycle willcontinue as long as Internet is useful. As there are nearly 150,000 new usersper month on Internet, it must be useful to someone. Also, because Internet isdistributed, individual nodes can be upgraded without having any effect on therest of the network, other than to speed it up. Imagine being able to install aturbocharger on your car while driving it’s the same kind of thing.

Theninternet started like that and continued to get bigger and even today the net isgetting bigger because of the fact that it is very useful. The Internet has manygreat uses but as anything else negative things can be done there as well. Thebeauty of the Internet is that it is so large that it’s near impossible tokeep track of what bad things everyone is doing. A few examples of this aresomeone can steal a cell phone and then through using the internet to help themthey can reprogram the telephone to work off someone’s account and not betraced. Other examples are the sealing of software someone can get a programthat Microsoft sells for about one thousand dollars for free and it can’t betraced. There is also the fact that just about anything can be traded onlinelike Drugs, Weapons like high power guns bombs the list for these items goes onand on.

One of the worst things that the police really want to get their handson is Child Pornography. This was not so hard to keep track of when people hadto go out and hand deliver this stuff but though the internet the scum whopartake in this don’t have to leave their homes. This is one of the biggestproblems that we see with the Internet is the exploiting of the human form. Abig problem is the fact that underage kids can see what they are not meant to.This does not just end up back at porn though, there are images of extremeviolence on to humans and animals.

These images ale not allowed to be viewed byanyone in Canada. However different coutries have different laws about thingslike that and something that is not allowed here can easily be viewed by someonefrom a site in another country.