[clug] OT: Protesting the proposed clean feed?

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Sat Oct 25 07:29:21 GMT 2008

Sunnz wrote on 25/10/08 5:51 PM:

> So the internet is really an abstraction of an information portal, the
> very fundamental idea of the internet is that it is borderless


Explaining what the Internet *is* and *is not* is very simple.

It's another Dimension (as in SciFi).


It's Cyberspace.
It touches physical space and becomes 'material' or 'observable' at
servers and clients (eg. web-browers, mail-readers).
Perhaps routers and links too.

Ask any 8-yo where fictional stories take place.

 In an Imaginary Place.

Cyberspace is the same - it's observable, it's consistent, it obeys its
own rules, it just doesn't exist in the material/tangible world.

Drive me to <http://www.google.com>. You can't because it has no
physical existence.
I can go where some servers might be, but the address and pages therein
aren't physical - it's just Cyberspace...

So geography & political boundaries are irrelevant within Cyberspace,
just as they are within Fiction.

BUT, politicians still need to compose laws about Public Order, Decency
and Morals.  Whilst they can't impose their will on Cyberspace, they
*do* have control over what happens in their Jurisdiction.

People in their realm, what parts of Cyberspace are made
material/tangible, *is* concrete and clearly falls within Legal

Hope you all are having a nice quiet Saturday Arvo.


Steve Jenkin, Info Tech, Systems and Design Specialist.
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