Chapter 19. A Beautiful Day in the Network Neighborhood


Keep off the grass!

 --Suburban yard sign

The houses are painted in cheerful colors, there are flowers in the window boxes, people greet you as you walk down the street, and the dogs never bark after sunset. It seems a lovely place in which to open a small teashop and perhaps, someday, retire. Before you decide to move in, though, there are a few things you probably need to know about the Network Neighborhood.

Behind the picture-postcard facade there lies a complex political and social structure, collectively known as the Browse Service. Many people consider the Browse Service to be mysterious and secretive, perhaps because most of its business is handled discreetly, out of the view of the ...

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