The Internet is useful for facilitating communication, distributing information, and sharing knowledge. Some of the ways this can be achieved through the use of the Internet is by fostering conversation or debates with other kinds of people, providing geographical information, and general knowledge sharing.

The Internet has made it considerably easier to distribute information in all forms, with an example being libraries. Many people are now able to access books of all sorts purely online. People of all income classes have the ability to access any amount of information from libraries as long as they have a library card. Even if people don’t have a computer themselves, most cities issue free library cards to anyone who can prove residency. Modern libraries still have books, but they are also transitioning to be mostly free access points for the Internet with computer labs. As a result, the Internet is fast becoming a useful way for poorer people with less access to education to better themselves, even if the school system in their district is poor. This is even more the case for people overseas who might have little access to schooling at all. According to a group of experts writing in the report “The Future of the Internet IV,” the Internet has the ability to make people smarter.