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“Cyberspace” must die. Here’s why

Gigaom

We’re halfway through the second decade of the 21st century and people are stilltalkingabout“cyberspace”. This has to stop. The term has become not only outmoded, but downright dangerous.

Burning Chrome, the short story in which William Gibson introduced the term "cyberspace" Burning Chrome, the short story in which William Gibson introduced the term “cyberspace” “Cyberspace” suggests a place other than the real world. Perhaps that’s how things once felt, when online life was still sparkly and anarchic back in the 1980s, but that’s not where we are now. Everything’s going online. When Eric Schmidt said last month that “the internet will disappear”, he was right – the online and offline worlds will merge to such a degree that the connecting infrastructure will no longer be apparent and the split will be meaningless.

But still we constantly hear media and politicians and policy-makers refer to this other realm. Last month the U.K. government talked about keeping businesses “safe in cyberspace”…

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