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Techsplainer: What the heck is an IP address?

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When you hear someone talking about an IP address, do your eyes glaze over? Did you even know IP can stand for something other than intellectual property? Sounds like you need a Techsplainer, Marketplace Tech's new segment where we answer your tech questions.

Today, we're talking about IP -- or internet protocol -- addresses. If you have a connection to the internet, you have one. But do you know what IP addresses are, and how they work? Harvard University's Jonathan Zittrain answers these questions and more for host Ben Johnson. Click on the audio player above to hear Zittrain's techsplanation of IP addresses, and hear why internet providers don't have exclusive content limited to their networks.

Do you have a question you would like answered on the Techsplainer? Leave it in the comment section below or tweet us @MarketplaceTech.

About the author

Jonathan Zittrain is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

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