The internet will be the pubic space of the 21st century.

Hilary Clinton : United States Secretary of State
"The internet has become the public space of the 21st century -- the world's town square, classroom, marketplace, coffeehouse, and nightclub."

Hilary Clinton, "Internet Rights and Wrongs: Choices & Challenges in a Networked World". Speech, George Washington University. Washington DC. 15 Feb 2011