What is the Internet? The Internet is a worldwide connection of millions of computers connected to thousands of different networks. These computers "communicate" that is, share, exchange, and transmit data to another computer on the same or another network. Who runs it? Nobody owns or controls the Internet. It is a global information system similar in some respects to telephone networks that allow anybody to call any other number anytime, anywhere. Each network is run by its own operating center subject to the laws in their country and international conventions. There are, instead, several "councils of elders," consortiums, societies, and communities whereby representatives from various countries, institutions, and organizations collaborate occasionally to establish common standards for hardware, software, and telecommunications technologies. How did it come to be?