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Chapter 32: New Challenges

Student Web Activity


In this chapter you have read about the challenges the United States faced at the end of the twentieth century, such as Desert Storm and the impeachment and trial of President Clinton. At the beginning of the twenty-first century the United States faced the task of uniting the nation after a close and bitter presidential election and the declaration of a war against terrorism. Throughout this period innovations in technology have improved communication, weaponry, and information systems. The number of hosts and visitors on the World Wide Web has increased over 100,000 percent since its beginning. In this activity you will take a closer look at the past and future of computer and Internet technology.

Destination Title: Nerds 2.0.1

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Start at the Nerds 2.0.1 home page.

  • Click on Wiring the World and read the information presented.
  • Then click on Open for Business and read the material.
  • Finally, click on The Future of the Internet and read this information.

Use what you have learned to answer the following questions.

Which computer companies introduced the world to personal computers?
Who developed and named the World Wide Web?
How did U.S. Representative Frederick Boucher affect the Internet?
What problem do computer network experts predict?
After exploring this Web site, create a bulletin board display or multimedia presentation about the history of the Internet.
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