Popularly known as cyberspace, the Internet continues to evolve and expand, keeping pace with the lives of its users as a complex communications network. Many people rely on the Internet, an intricate link of numerous computers and computer networks, as a research and communications tool. The Internet is a "decentralized, global medium of communications--or 'cyberspace'--that links people, institutions, corporations, and governments around the world." No single entity owns the Internet, but the individual computers that compose the Internet are owned by various individuals, governmental, public and private organizations and institutions. The Internet cannot have a main control center nor can any single entity monopolize the abundant variety of information freely accessible on the Internet; however, the finite computer networks that comprise the Internet are intertwined in a manner which permits a computer linked to the Internet to interact with other computers linked to the Internet. This interconnection among computers and computer networks is the means by which the rapid exchange of electronic information can occur.

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