the Internet

The Internet is a global network, connecting many smaller individual networks. For example, the computer in your dorm room is connected to another computer on campus. All the departments on campus are then connected to a larger network in the state.

The Internet is also a set of "protocols" that allows your computer to communicate with other computers, move files, and find and share information. The protocols you are likely to use are:

for communicating with people across the Internet
(hypertext transfer protocol) for making Web pages accessible