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Contents


The world of the Internet
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The rapid advance of the Internet
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What is the Internet?
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Box 1 A short history of the Internet
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The digital world
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The revolution of the Internet
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Box 2 The impact of the Internet
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The rise of the smartphone-tablet economy
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The use of the PC is declining
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Chinese Internet
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Search engines and user-generated content
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Box 3 Web 1.0, Web 2.0, Web 3.0 and Watson
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The Internet will play a major role in education
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The massive increase in online entertainment
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The Sharing Economy
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The Internet generation and young adults are driving the use of the Internet
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Politicians online
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Are we growing less or more intelligent because of the Internet?
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We are growing more intelligent
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Box 4 The power of the Internet
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What are social networks and what is at stake?
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Companies feel the power of social media
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Twitter
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Tweets rarely become discussions
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Investing with the aid of Twitter
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Twitter undermines British privacy legislation
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The speed of Twitter affects the news
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Censorship and blocking Internet traffic
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The use of Facebook and Twitter for inciting rebellion
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On the way to a free Internet?
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Western countries contribute to censorship on the web
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Digital fraud and abuse
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Explosive increase in cybercrime
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Cyber-attacks
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Extent of digital fraud and abuse
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Internet users must protect themselves
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The Internet remembers everything
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Behind the scenes of the Internet
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Box 5 Internet statistics
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