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Cyberspace

Cyberspace is the interconnected area of electronic communication. Cyberspace is where virtual reality exists, where knowledge is stored electronically, where communication can occur over computer networks of all sorts. All websites, bulletin boards, blogs, search engines exist in cyberspace. The word cyberspace was coined by the science fiction writer William Gibson in 1982, at the beginning of the home computer revolution, in a short story entitled Burning Chrome. Cyberspace is a combination of the word cyber, meaning related to computers or virtual reality, shortened from the word cybernetics, and space. Originally, cyberspace was rendered as two words. Today, cyberspace is correctly rendered as one word.


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Rappers in Taiwan and China are among the combatants squaring off in cyberspace after a landslide election win for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) fanned Beijing’s fears that it could renew a push for sovereignty. (The Taipei Times)

The United States and China are negotiating what could become the first arms control accord for cyberspace, embracing a commitment by each country that it will not be the first to use cyberweapons to cripple the other’s critical infrastructure during peacetime, according to officials involved in the talks. (The New York Times)

As a follow-on to last week’s story about China calling for tighter control of the internet, the Communist Party has taken things a step further, after the country’s internet regulator vowed to make party views the “strongest voice in cyberspace”. (The Irish Times)

“China expects that this cooperative mechanism will keep its momentum by focusing its work at the next stage on working out something in a nature of an international code of conduct on cyberspace,” Wang stated. (Yibada)

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