CYBER SPACE:The Global Room Today
A science fiction writer coined the useful term "cyberspace" in 1982. But the territory inquestion, the electronic frontier, is about a hundred and thirty years old. Cyberspace isthe "place" where a telephone conversation appears to occur. Not inside your actualphone, the plastic device on your desk. This "place“ is not "real," but it is serious, it isearnest. Tens of thousands of people have dedicated their lives to it, to the public serviceof public communication by wire and electronics. Cyberspace today is a "Net," a "Matrix,"international in scope and growing swiftly and steadily. It's growing in size, and wealth,and political importance. People have met there and been married there. There are entireliving communities in cyberspace today; chattering, gossipping, planning, conferring andscheming, leaving one another voice-mail and electronic mail, giving one another bigweightless chunks of valuable data, both legitimate and illegitimate. They busily pass oneanother computer software and the occasional festering computer virus.
By: Dheeraj Mehrotra