Wank in chat rooms

It was, says Dreyfus, a time of experimentation and community in an emergent hacker subculture."The Australian computer underground thrived like a vibrant Asian street bazaar," Dreyfus writes in her book.

In one form, this fantasy sex is accomplished by the participants describing their actions and responding to their chat partners in a mostly written form designed to stimulate their own sexual feelings and fantasies.

, which is to screen on the ABC this week, NASA officials believe to this day that the WANK worm was the work of two Melbourne hackers, Electron and Phoenix*, both of whom are now working in IT-related fields in Melbourne. People could still choose between 12-inch vinyl or CD, the DVD had not yet been invented, email, spam and internet porn — indeed, the internet itself — were all yet to make themselves part of our lives.

But for a small group of people in Melbourne, the nascent world wide web was the key to a whole new world.

The quality of a cybersex encounter typically depends upon the participants' abilities to evoke a vivid, visceral mental picture in the minds of their partners.

Imagination and suspension of disbelief are also critically important.

Melbourne was the technological hub of Australia, with RMIT and Melbourne University among the first institutions to offer pioneering courses in computer science, through which students gained access to networks such as AARNET (Australian Academic Research Network).

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