What distinguishes the Internet as a network? How does it differ from earlier network infrastructures such as road, rail etc?

What distinguishes the Internet as a network? How does it differ from earlier network infrastructures such as road, rail etc?.

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Answer one of the following (max 2000 words): • What distinguishes the Internet as a network? How does it differ from earlier network infrastructures such as road, rail etc? Discuss by comparing the internet with at least one earlier infrastructure. • What is the role of personalisation in contemporary networked surveillance technologies? Discuss with reference to at least one contemporary example.

Answer one of the following (max 2000 words): • What distinguishes the Internet as a network? How does it differ from earlier network infrastructures such as road, rail etc? Discuss by comparing the internet with at least one earlier infrastructure. • What is the role of personalisation in contemporary networked surveillance technologies? Discuss with reference to at least one contemporary example. Please choose only one essay question from the two to write! 1. My major is BA digital culture, this essay is for one of my modules History of networked technologies. 2. Word limits: max 2000 words 3. Number of sources: at least 12 4. I’ve uploaded some required readings in Additional materials, please reference some information from these readings as sources, but you should also use other academic and credible sources from elsewhere to show wide reading and deep research for the essay. 5. If cite very important or famous words from other scholars, please use ‘direct quotation’ and then give your own understanding. If not, please paraphrase them to avoid too high similarity as plagiarism. 6. The additional materials also includes the undergraduate generic marking criteria in Faculty of Arts & Humanities in our college; guide to the Harvard Style of referencing in essays in the Department of Digital Humanities in the college; and my previous essays, please combine my own writing style to write the essay!

What distinguishes the Internet as a network? How does it differ from earlier network infrastructures such as road, rail etc?