cy·​ber·​space | \ ˈsī-bər-ˌspās How to pronounce cyberspace (audio) \

Definition of cyberspace

: the online world of computer networks and especially the Internet

Examples of cyberspace in a Sentence

We send e-mails through cyberspace.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2011 there was a new bad guy in cyberspace behind the website Silk Road. CBS News, "Inside the FBI takedown of the mastermind behind website offering drugs, guns and murders for hire," 10 Nov. 2020 Despite science fiction fears of Skynet and the Borg, AI has the potential to make cyberspace safer for humans. Richard A. Clarke, WSJ, "Will We Have Cyberwar or Cyber Peace?," 5 Oct. 2020 And cyberspace facilitates the obsessive joint scrutiny of everything, from TV shows to knitting patterns to the belief that reptilians walk among us. Clive Thompson, Wired, "QAnon Is Like a Game—a Most Dangerous Game," 22 Sep. 2020 Propaganda Academics focused on Chinese cyberspace estimate there are millions of Chinese internet users posting pro-Beijing content who are hired by the government or are state officials. Chao Deng And Liza Lin, WSJ, "In Xi Jinping’s China, Nationalism Takes a Dark Turn," 22 Oct. 2020 Federal digital reforms are stuck in committee; redesigning cyberspace for protections later will limit effectiveness. Francine Berman, The Conversation, "Cyberspace is critical infrastructure – it will take effective government oversight to make it safe," 10 Aug. 2020 The difficulty of attributing attacks amid the murkiness of cyberspace adds complexity to the situation. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Ransomware victims find themselves between a rock and a hard place," 2 Oct. 2020 Instead of the usual spectacle of confetti, hobnobbing and balloon drops, the convention will take place mostly in the virtual landscape of cyberspace, relegating all but the party’s most high-profile figures to supporting roles at home. Briana Bierschbach, Star Tribune, "Amy Klobuchar to be the face of Minnesota in a largely virtual Democratic convention," 16 Aug. 2020 Putin proposed that the two countries reach an agreement to prevent major cyberspace incidents, comparing such an agreement to the 1972 Soviet-American agreement to reduce the possibility of an incident at sea or in the air, according to Reuters. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Vladimir Putin calls on US to agree to non-interference pact for upcoming elections: report," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of cyberspace

1982, in the meaning defined above

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22 Nov 2020

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“Cyberspace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cyberspace

: the online world of computer networks and the Internet


cy·​ber·​space | \ ˈsī-bər-ˌspās How to pronounce cyberspace (audio) \

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: the online world of computer networks and especially the Internet

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