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Colonization of the Internet


Colonization of the Internet

Desai, Bipin C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9142-7928 (2021) Colonization of the Internet. In: IDEAS 2021: 25th International Database Engineering & Applications Symposium. ACM, New York, pp. 36-45. ISBN 978-1-4503-8991-4

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The internet was introduced to connect computers and allow communication between these computers. It evolved to provide application such as email, talk and file sharing with the associated system to search. The files were made available, freely, by users. However, the internet was out of the reach of most people since it required equipment and know-how as well as connection to a computer on the internet. One method of connection used an acoustic coupler and an analog phone. With the introduction of the personal computer and higher speed modems, the access to the internet became easier. The introduction of the web and graphical browser along with lap tops and smart phones made it possible for a large number of users to connect to the internet. A small number of newly established companies, supported by a large amount of venture capital and a lack of regulations have since established a strangle hold on the internet with billions of people using it. They have exploited the open nature of the internet and created a need in the ordinary person to replace the traditional way of communication with what they provide: these persons have become dependent on the service provided in exchange for giving up personal information. This information is exploited due to the lack of laws, guidelines and regulations regarding privacy and ownership of personal data. Even where there are limits, some big-tech companies have pushed the boundaries of acceptable civil behaviour and essentially colonized the internet.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Computer Science and Software Engineering
Item Type:Book Section
Authors:Desai, Bipin C.
Journal or Publication:IDEAS 2021
Date:14 July 2021
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1145/3472163.3472179
ID Code:989921
Deposited By: Bipin C. Desai
Deposited On:21 Dec 2021 20:52
Last Modified:21 Dec 2021 20:52
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