The Internet was a worldwide computer network on Earth that was developed in the early 1970s primarily for military use, but rose to public prominence by the late 20th and early 21st century, when it became a dominant source of communication, information and commerce.
Search-wise.net was a search engine operational in 2005. Rose Tyler used it to search for information about the Doctor, which led her to Clive Finch's Who is Doctor Who? website. (DW: Rose). Later, Mickey Smith took over the operation of the website and renamed it Defending the Earth!. The Doctor disapproved of the site, preferring his activities not be widely disseminated; for this reason, he devised a computer virus and asked Mickey to run the program, which was designed to delete all references to the Doctor from the Internet. (DW: World War Three). By all accounts, Mickey ignored this request.
In 2012, Henry van Statten was the self-proclaimed owner of the Internet. By that point, connections throughout the Internet became sufficiently fast for a Dalek to be able to download its entire contents within seconds. (DW: Dalek)
The Internet, in some form, is still in use on Earth in the very late 21st century, as webpages relating to the Bowie Base One crew and Adelaide Brooke's granddaughter existed. (DW: The Waters of Mars)
The Internet has played a major role in promoting both the classic and revival Doctor Who series since the late 1990s, with the BBC's website even producing original story content (Scream of the Shalka, Real Time, Death Comes to Time, etc.) for the Net. When the series returned to TV in 2005, the BBC launched a "viral marketing" campaign by creating faux websites based upon characters and organizations featured in the series, such as the aforementioned UNIT site, which fans could visit. The primary viral site during the 2005 season was Mickey's Defending the Earth! site, which was updated each week with teasers or background information (all presented in an in-universe style) relating to that week's episode. The site also included a message board that occasionally featured messages from recognizable characters, such as Sarah Jane Smith, a year before she returned to the series in School Reunion.
The Search-wise.net website used by Rose actually exists. It is a "dummy site" created for use by movie and TV producers in lieu of using recognizable sites like Google.
The term Internet was still in use in the mid 24th century to describe Earth's computer and communications network. The news of the Borg's approach to Earth in 2367 was disseminated over the Internet, causing widespread panic. (DS9 novel: The Siege)
The player can access the Internet from any of the following locations in Liberty City.
The internet of GTA IV is capable of:
Any website advertised ingame can be visited, such as those advertised on the radio, billboards, posters and TV.
Most of the websites are just for the players amusement, but a few of them actually have a purpose. At least one site has a rather unpleasant effect when visited; littlelacysurprisepageant.com will immediately give the player a five star wanted level.
The player can set up dates with people on the Love Meet website, order cars, or buy ringtones and wallpapers for Niko's cell phone. Niko's email is also frequently used for staying in touch with story characters and getting mission details sometimes. Brucie Kibbutz will also send Niko emails asking him to steal certain vehicles for him.
The Internet is one of the greatest technological innovations of the human race. Whether that is a good thing or not is a matter of personal opinion. The good things humans do with the internet is help research for information, earn money, yadayada. There are also many other things humans do with the internet, and many, many, of them are quite stupid and are a waste of time.
Just be careful what you put on it, as you may get attacked by a child molester...or the ultimate bad cop.
Archaic name: Information Superhighway (1990s)
As part of his efforts to gain money to buy a car, Samuel James Witwicky tried to sell Archibald Amundsen Witwicky's equipment in an online auction, including his telescope, his compass, and (for some reason) his glasses. Barricade and Frenzy later tracked down Sam through his eBay page.
Later, when Sam met the Autobots, Jazz greeted Sam and Mikaela Banes as "little midgets". When Sam asked how Jazz could talk like that, Optimus Prime explained that they had learned Human languages through the World Wide Web.