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Cyberspace

  • By: Pierre-Léonard Harvey & Nicolas Bertrand
  • In: Encyclopedia of Distributed Learning
  • Edited by: Anna Distefano, Kjell Erik Rudestam & Robert J. Silverman
  • Subject:Online Learning & Distance Ed

Cyberspace is the mental representation of the nonphysical world created by the communications between people using digital media and computer networks like the Internet. When people use e-mail or chat, or when they surf the Web, they perceive it as another world, where they virtually reach other minds. Cyberspace is an intermediate zone, without any particular space or time constraints, between and within the mind of individuals, communities, and groups communicating digitally.

Cyberspace could not exist without the infrastructure that allows the transmission of data. Interconnected networks of computers that make the Internet, as well as common standards, the hypertext system, graphical interfaces, and the World Wide Web, have greatly facilitated these digital interactions. In addition, tools like e-mail protocols and software, chat room technologies, and ...

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