Open Internet

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1969: The first whisper of the internet

Today's internet began with the transmission of two letters in 1969. From that small beginning came a "powerfully democratizing force."
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Pirates in movies are fun, but movie piracy hurts

Movie piracy doesn't just hurt wealthy movie studios. It robs workers of their pay and hurts economies. The Trump administration aims to stop such piracy.
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How do you know if what you’re seeing online is true?

How can you see past hoaxes? Learn how you can confirm photos and video footage, and fact-check what you see online.
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Coming soon: Free artificial intelligence tool to help cure diseases

Artificial intelligence could accelerate scientific research. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative hopes to enable breakthroughs with the Meta search engine.
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What do people search for? Google tells us.

What do people most want to know when they search the internet? According to Google's rankings, Pokémon Go was the most popular search term in 2016.
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E-government is becoming a thing

Technology makes government operations more transparent and delivery of services more efficient and less costly. It’s often called e-government.
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The internet’s ‘phone book’ is now fully in international hands

The U.S. government has relinquished oversight over ICANN, the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
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By TV, Twitter and Facebook, U.S. presidential debates are coming

The U.S. presidential debates will be available to the world, a majority of which is likely to watch at a computer or with a handheld device.
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Using technology to help U.S. voters get to the ballot box

Voting laws vary by state, so Google is using its technology to make registration easier for people looking to participate in this year's election.