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Highways and byways of the Internet

A recent front-page article in a Swiss newspaper (1), quoting the Sunday Times, claimed that the CIA had "spied into the heart of the European Union thanks to the Internet". If you compare Internet to a highway - and many people do at the moment - then why don't newspapers complain about building roads and motorways? Don't criminals often use them to get to the scene of the crime?

OK! Most people know that there is a security problem. But security is not just a technical issue. In the same newspaper, there was also a short article about the lack of security on the Internet in which it was explained how a "careless" employee left strategic documents of the Swiss Telecom on a public Web server. Isn't it curious how, when one talks of technology, that there is a tendency to forget people!

It has taken a considerable effort on the part of the European Commission to accept and adopt Internet. This process is far from complete. A similar process has just begun in the European Parliament. The increased transparency and the hoped for dialogue in this move to the Internet is not to the liking of everybody. Such indiscriminate journalism provides arms to those who prefer to preserve the status quo and the power it invests in them.

(1) Le Nouveau Quotidien, Monday 5th August

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