Cyberwar. Cyberdefense. Cyberattack. Cybercommand.
You run across these four words before you finish the first paragraph of this New York Times story (as reposted on msnbc.com). It's about government plans to secure our technical infrastructure.
When you reach the end of the story, though, you still don't know what it's about. But you do get a sense of coming inroads against Americans' online privacy.
The problem, which the federal government has assumed to tackle, is the nominal insecurity of networks, computers, and data. And the approach the federal government has assumed is the most self-gratifying: "Cyber" is a "strategic national asset." It's up to the defense, intelligence, and homeland security bureaucracies to protect it.
But what is "cyber"?
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