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Global Network

An international network of directly and indirectly connected individuals that spans the entire Earth via a combination of digital and physical means. Previously limited to scientific research, global networks now have an impact on social, educational, and business communications as individuals with a personal computer, a modem, and some simple software can join a social community based on interest, not location.

(See L.M. Harasim Global Networks: Computers and International Communication, 1993)