On Internet Bots

What are Internet Bots?

When you think of the modern internet, you may envision a collection of humans exchanging information. We take pictures with our smartphones and share them via social media apps, we play video games with each other from our desktops, and we stream massive amounts of video to our internet-connected televisions.

While this is a real and important part of the internet, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. The reality is that less than half of all web traffic is generated by humans[1]. The majority of web traffic is generated by Internet bots: software designed to automatically browse, catalog, and interact with the internet at large.

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Internet bots perform a wide variety of functions that make the modern internet possible and make it more accessible. Please visit our issue page to learn more about the specific types of bots and the effects they have on the Internet at large. You can also visit our newsletter form page to sign up for our email newsletter.

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