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The Internet is a global system of interconnected [computer network] s that use the standard [Internet Protocol Suite] (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope that are linked by a broad array of electronic and optical networking technologies. The Internet carries a vast array of [information] resources and services, most notably the inter-linked [hypertext] documents of the [World Wide Web] (WWW) and the infrastructure to support [electronic mail] .

Most traditional communications media, such as telephone and television services, are reshaped or redefined using the technologies of the Internet, giving rise to services such as [Voice over Internet Protocol] (VoIP) and [IPTV] . Newspaper publishing has been reshaped into [Web site] s, [blogging] , and [web feed] s. The Internet has enabled or accelerated the creation of new forms of human interactions through [instant messaging] , [Internet forum] s, and [social networking sites] .

The origins of the Internet reach back to the 1960s when the United States funded research projects of its military agencies to build robust, fault-tolerant and distributed computer networks. This research and a period of civilian funding of a new U.S. [backbone] by the [National Science Foundation] spawned worldwide participation in the development of new networking technologies and led to the [commercialization] of an international network in the mid 1990s, and resulted in the following popularization of countless applications in virtually every aspect of modern human life. As of 2009, an estimated quarter of Earth's population uses the services of the Internet.

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