CyberAnthropology recognizes that the new 'virtual' communities are no
longer defined by geographic or even semiotic (ethnic/religious/linguistic)
boundaries. Instead, communities are being constructed in cyberspace on the
basis of common affiliative interests, transcending boundaries of class,
nation, race, gender, and language. Even as old systems of social
organization are imploding, the various 'virtual communities' are growing.
(cf. Howard Rheingold.) This parallels the way in which on the global scene
civil society is reclaiming social space from both the public and private
sectors - how the NGO (nongovernmental organization) is continuing to check
the power of the nation-state and the multinational corporation.