The World Science Festival created this short video explainer on how the Internet works, as a setup to Internet Everywhere: The Future of History’s Most Disruptive Technology, a sold-out program featuring Internet pioneer Vint Cerf of Google (GOOG), MIT‘s Neil Gershenfeld, lawyer and Internet advocate Elizabeth Stark and Alex Wright, director of user experience at The New York Times.
According to the blurb on YouTube, the video lets you ride shotgun with a packet of data—one of trillions involved in the trillions of Internet interactions that happen every second to see how the internet works. Look deep beneath the surface of the most basic Internet transaction, and follow the packet as it flows from your fingertips, through circuits, wires, and cables, to a host server, and then back again, all in less than a second.
This is another video that explains how the Internet works from Ericson, that was around when I was a newbie networker.
- Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were Unleashing on the World | Wired Business | Wired.com (wired.com)
- Vint Cerf: Internet access isn’t a human right (news.cnet.com)