AllNations Direct believes strongly that "networking" requires networks. Networks need defining and networking activities need elaborating by organizations that create them. Individuals and teams join and operate within such networks. Just like in nature, networks get connected to peer, parent and child networks and networking needs elaboration (policies), to be of any good use. Participate in our "computational thinking" programs on networks and networking.


To leverage the usefulness of networks, there must exist "trust" between individuals and locations within such networks, therefore identity is the most important component of a functional and/or productive network. So, even prior to establishment of such networks, a tool known as a "directory" must be established to show who is who, who does what and from where on the network.


The Internet is the world's network for all - who are willing to share. Technologies have made it possible for organizations and individuals to be able to curve out their own networks from the internet, share all they want to share, limit who, how much and when to share with anyone on their networks or the internet. Telecommunication companies, Internet Service Providers and other public or private and powerful organizations provide access to the internet.


For an organization to have an exclusive network for its organization and admit no other persons or provide only limited and ad-hoc access to others, you create an intranet. Every successful organization will have needed one. Intranet networks are a must for digital work-spaces for teams that must collaborate to deliver. 


Limited and ad-hoc access to an Intranet (Protected Network...) is known as "Extranet" access. For extranet service capabilities, think of the ad-hoc requirement to have access to some organization's network resources either due to temporary assignments, affiliation to an up-line intranet, or simply for consumption of some service as the law requires.