Internet Basic Basics: Two Infographics

Is it easy to find out about someone on the Internet?  Was George Orwell a writer?  Of course.

I’m going to be offering an Internet Basics workshop next week—really, really basics— but in preparation I am gathering resources that attendees might find useful.  About half the workshop will focus on search.  With that in mind, take a look at the infographic below.  Now think of someone.  What can you find out?


The Internet is a major, perhaps THE major, influence on civilization in the early 21st century.  This is for better or worse.  The infographic above demonstrates how easy it is to gather information about someone—but this is just public information.  There is another universe of secret information being kept about everyone who uses the Internet, or its corollary the phone system.  Take a look at the infographic below.  It is a sort of paranoid’s torment in distinction to the one above.


Stop the world you want to get off?  Too late.