The idea of the Internet began to be used in the USA by the 1960's. It was collaboration between the military facilities and universities round the USA. The Internet is growing very fast and it is estimated that by the year 2010 nearly everyone in developed countries will be connected. The advantages. Most people want to be able to send and receive messages by electronic mail. Everyone on the Internet has a unique e -mail address and, once connected, you can communicate with him or her.

Sitting at your computer in Stockholm you can talk to people in the United States, South Africa or Australia and get a reply within a few minutes for the price of local phone call... It also offers you the opportunity to participate in discussion forums, called Usenet newsgroups on thousands of topics... You have access to limitless archives, libraries and news services and it can provide you with more information than you could ever possibly need, want or conceive of... The World Wide Web allows users to publish multimedia pages, containing text, graphics, sound and video for other people to view. An incredible number of individuals, organizations and companies now put up Web pages... Anyone can get treatment information on the Web.

Tele-medicine has the potential provide great advances in the medical field. Instant access to information and the creation of an international medical society could create a new era where medicine is more efficient, more accurate, and more available to all. In addition, it will be exchange experiments between the countries. Concerning the advantages of marketing on the World Wide Web.

Exposure on the Internet with virtual showroom, it is open 24 hours daily... Access to the Internet public, which is increasing at an unprecedented rate... Low cost advertising in comparison to the printed medium... Cost effective transaction with low overhead...

Browsers entering site have access to update information instantly. q The disadvantages of the Internet - trade. It causes reduction social contacts between the consumer and supplier, and this would lead to change social behavior... Security problem concerning the economic transactions... The traditional marketplace interaction between physical seller and physical buyer will be eliminated.

Education EU - summit in Lisbon decided that the Internet would be used in all schools, latest by the year 2001. The goal is to improve education's level, regarding primary school and researches Advantages and disadvantages of the Internet in education. Advantages. Communication with others countries. Individualism - self-confident, independent pupils. Schoolwork becomes enjoyable.

Collaboration and fellowship will strengthen... Good - looking of results... Teachers get more time for pupils that need an extra help... Pupils learn to structure and choose among information. Disadvantages. Time - consuming.

Very much information in English. Individualism - unsociable pupils. Very much poor, unnecessary information. It would be difficult to catch all pupils interest. It could be difficult to checkup the sources. The teachers are not familiar with computer's terminology A brief on the Internet disadvantages, the nets strengths are also its weaknesses.

Validity and sources of information is more difficult to verify... Anonymity... The cutting edge, competitive atmosphere can draw people into a "on up on you" culture... Some of what is available is not appropriate, useful or even true, because no one runs the Internet. Nobody owns the Internet. It is a vast unregulated computer communications network with central control or governing authority. q Anyone can put anything out there - and they do!

There is a lot of rubbish out there... The quality and accuracy of materials varies greatly and there is no easy way to predict the quality or accuracy, of what your are browsing... People will say things in any language that they wish to use. Sometimes the language used may not be the "Queen's English. q What a page is called may not be what it is really about-you can call a cow a horse but that dose not makes it a horse... There are phony or fake pages... There is no one that inspects to see if what a pages is titled is really what that pages about...

And the last problem is spoofing. q Finding what you want is often hit or miss... Search engines give different results... People discover how to get their stuff always listed first... Things are not sorted or ordered. q The Internet does not always work... Highways are great but they have traffic jams and construction delays...

Too much dependency upon computer can be very risky. q What about security and viruses... There are 45 000 computer's viruses in circulation. The cost was 102 milliard crowns at the last year. The viruses spread global via Internet within some hours, particularly when one downloads programs... Total security is impossible...

The Internet would increase the fraud, and it could easy to falsify credit card... In addition the Internet would also increase the plagiarism, I mean here: to copy the ideas or words of another and pass them off, as one's own... Many people will be jobless. The Swedish authority will dismiss 500 persons, which work at social insurance offices. The mode of though that the citizen will fill in the form via Internet, which means reduction of personals.

Conclusions In Sweden, it is clearly that the politicians consider that the Internet will become a part of society. Hereby the resources would be used so that makes possible the technique become accessible. They want that Sweden will be one of the spear's stations regarding the use of IT. Globalization In my opinion that the principal aim of the Internet is to strengthen the globalization. This political term carries with it many fears, I think.

Using the Net under so called globalization means the whole world will become as a single state, a single creator, a single thought and a single power that aspires to lead the world economically, politically, educationally and others fields that are related with human activities. The Internet will deepen the gap between rich countries and poor countries.