Day 16: The Internet Is For Everyone
Purpose: Students will acquire a greater understanding of how the internet works.


Go to the following website:

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is the group of mostly volunteer citizens that proposes and develops all of the standards and protocols that exist on the Internet. It is both interesting and important to know that the protocols or rules by which Internet traffic is governed are not owned or controlled by any government or business.

Activity: With your partner, a protocol for a binary language that will transmit text.
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Vint Cerf was concerned about maintaining some of the principles of openness and access upon which the Internet was built and founded.
He wrote a memo entitled “The Internet is for Everyone” as a plea to the people who write and define standards (the IETF) to make sure the way the Internet is engineered should be available and useable by everyone in the world.
At the end of the letter, in the last 9 paragraphs, he presents 9 threats he fears can restrict the idea that the Internet is for everyone. These specific paragraphs all begin with the phrase: “Internet is for everyone - but it won’t be if…
Here is a link to the memo:

Please explain why?