Most of the netiquette rules you'll find in this book apply to most areas
of cyberspace. Nevertheless, remember that cyberspace is composed of
various network domains and services, each with its own character and
rules. Currently, cyberspace can be divided into two major domains: the
Internet and the commercial online services.
Many people have heard of the Internet, but confusion about what it
actually is remains. There is a technical definition:
- The Internet is a network of networks all running the TCP/IP protocol
suite, connected through gateways, and sharing common name and address spaces. (Endnote #6)
Don't worry about the "TCP/IP protocol suite" and the rest of the jargon. The key here is the concept of "network of networks." The Internet is not a service per se, like CompuServe or cable TV. Started by the
U.S. military in the 1960s, it's evolved into a cooperative arrangement
among thousands of university, government, and corporate networks
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