The phenomenon known as globalization is made possible by advances in technology, communication, and information services. Perhaps the most important of these developments is the Internet, which began as a small network of computers in the late 1960s and rapidly expanded into a global communications network, which links not only computers but an ever-expanding number of electronic instruments. The Internet was first used primarily for military purposes, but its use soon expanded throughout the professional world and then into the privacy of homes, cell phones, and increasingly minute and mobile devices. As the Internet has colonized the daily lives of individuals, so have the concerns of individuals colonized the Internet. Although the dispersed, amorphous, and virtual character of the Internet makes it difficult to quantify, ...

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