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We’ve released a new video and it’s not an explanation of hot new technology. In fact, it’s easy to assume that this subject hasn't changed in 100 years. Our new video is about libraries, and specifically, how they have evolved in the Internet Age.   Here are the highlights as an ExplainerGIF:     About This Video: Many of our wonderful supporters are libraries and librarians. In talking with them, we discovered that one of the biggest challenges they face is one of perception.    To many,... Continue Reading

New Video: Encryption on the Web

Posted by: leelefever on March 3, 2015- 10:36am

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: encryption, Explanation, internet, privacy, security, video

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For our latest video, we’re going behind the scenes of the Internet and taking a look at encryption and how “keys” help keep our sensitive information secure as it travels from computer to computer.    Here are the highlights as an ExplainerGIF:     Do you want to learn to make animated GIFs like the one above? We'll teach you.     About This Video: Encryption is a fundamental part of using the Internet securely, but it is mostly invisible to the user. This video explains the basic idea of... Continue Reading
Today we've published a new video that explains Net Neutrality.  Note: This video release is special. For the first time in about four years, we're publishing a version of a new video on our website and YouTube so that it can be shared easily. Why? Because it's about a complex and important subject that could impact all US internet users. This subject deserves to be understood by everyone, so we want to make that easy by making it more sharable.  Watch the video now on YouTube or Common Craft... Continue Reading
It's new video time! This video was suggested by Common Craft members and explains a concept called The Internet of Things in just over 2 minutes.   Here's an ExplainerGIF with highlights from the video:   About This video: The internet is evolving. It used to be made of computers, but today, the internet includes all sorts of “things” that can work together. This video explains the Internet of Things and what it can mean for both individuals and communities.   What it teaches: Why the... Continue Reading

Video: Computer Networks

Posted by: leelefever on August 27, 2013- 11:02am

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: computer, internet, networks, technology, web

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The chances are, you use computer networks every day. Whether you connect to a network at your workplace, or use the Internet at home, computer networks help information get to you efficiently.   But have you wondered how they work or what’s really happening when you visit a web page? This video makes it easy: Watch it now.   What it Teaches:   This video focuses on the basics of computer networks, and how data and information are shared. It teaches: The basic idea of a network, online and... Continue Reading

New Video on VPNs!

Posted by: leelefever on May 28, 2013- 10:13am

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: business, internet, networks, security, VPN, workplace

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Based on suggestions and votes from Common Craft members, we just published a new video called Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) - Explained by Common Craft.     What it Teaches: This video explains the business use of Virtual Private Networks. It tells the story of Candice who discovers her new employer’s VPN, which means she can securely connect to the company network over the Internet.    • Why normal Internet connections are not secure for business information • Why VPNs make sense for... Continue Reading

New Video: Application Programming Interfaces - APIs

Posted by: leelefever on March 21, 2013- 11:25am

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: APIs, internet, technology, web

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Today we’re announcing a new video: Application Programming Interfaces - APIs - Explained by Common Craft   Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, are a fundamental part of the Web. By connecting websites and applications to specialized functions over the Internet, they can help websites become more fully featured and productive. Watch it now.   What it teaches:   This video tells the story of Carson, who has an idea to sell interactive maps on his website. Rather than buying and... Continue Reading

New Video: Website Cookies Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on June 26, 2012- 11:42am

Topic: New Video

Categories: cookies, internet, technology, web browsers, website

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  Today we’re announcing a new video: Website Cookies, Explained by Common Craft.   This video was suggested and voted on by Common Craft members who will use it to educate others in classrooms and on the Web. It teaches:   How and why cookies are saved to your computer when visiting a website The role cookies play in helping websites remember you The two basic types: session and persistent cookies How advertisers may use cookie data How website owners use cookie data for analyzing traffic  ... Continue Reading

New Video: Web Browsers Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on March 13, 2012- 11:02am

Topic: New Video

Categories: Explanation, internet, web, web browsers

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Today we're announcing a new video: Web Browsers - Explained by Common Craft. Based on suggestions and votes from our members, this video provides an introduction to Web browsers and their most powerful features. It’s meant to help less technical people see the browser as software that makes web pages easy to manage.  Along with basics, the video also provides direction on using browser extensions, tabs, search and even the “find” tool for searching a single page.   This video is part of our... Continue Reading

Video: History of the Internet by PICOL

Posted by: leelefever on January 8, 2009- 4:00pm

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Categories: history, internet, video

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The Explainist blog pointed me to this awesome video that tracks the evolution of the web from the very beginning. History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo.   I'm inspired by some of the iconography, which is one of the goals of PICOL. From the PICOL web site : PICOL is an project for providing free and open icons for electronic devices. The aim is to find a common pictorial language for electronic communication. Bonus video: The Drawn! blog pointed me to these neat little... Continue Reading