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The Manifesto definition:
  a.) is a self-defining term created by a malfunctioning piece of software, originally used to describe an art and communications activity on the internet.
  b.) net.artists sought to break down autonomous disciplines and outmoded classifications imposed upon various activists practices.

The world had a lot of artists in this period who came from somewhere on the periphery. There was also a bit of an 'arte povera' side to this classic network art or net art and perhaps that is why artists from places far from the mainstream of art – the Post-Soviet states and the Eastern Bloc – all started to engage with it very intensively. There were also very strong financial reasons for this. We could not think of starting to work with expensive computers because they were not available to us.
Interwiev with Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák >>> (Only in Hungarian)

  Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák, Cryptogram, 1996 >>>
  Cryptogram is a communication system: it can be used to encode messages (for example e-mails) into virtual sculptures.
One of the reasons why Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák developed a web-version of Cryptogram was that at the time (January 1996), issues such as cryptography, privacy, free speech, and censorship were hot topics among the rapidly growing net community. >>>
  Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák, The Future in Present, interview, 2019 >>>