Despite the slightly alarmist tone, the increasing penetration of the internet (and networked information systems of every kind) into every aspect of global infrastructure and economy does make the prospect of true cyberwarfare and cyberterrorism increasingly terrifying. Yet the real dangers may be on the side of those attempting to maintain control as much as the side of chaos- one way or another, the information universe is the high ground and the lynchpin of the modern world, despite being eminently replaceable in almost every function it fulfills. I’ll agree with Mark as far as the social impact of the web, but the article makes an interesting case- one might add that Goering’s “He who controls the skies controls the war” now has a new corollary- “He who controls the net controls the world.”
We live in a world caught in a vicious cycle of collective irrationality when it comes to new technologies- we embrace them without regard to the hidden costs of the conveniences and efficiencies for which we are so eager. My 1103 unread e-mails prove that by themselves…
We’re all going down the tube, according to Robert J. Samuelson in the Washington Post:
Beware the Internet and the danger of cyberattacks
If I could, I would repeal the Internet. It is the technological marvel of the age, but it is not — as most people imagine — a symbol of progress. Just the opposite. We would be better off without it. I grant its astonishing capabilities: the instant access to vast amounts of information, the pleasures of YouTube and iTunes, the convenience of GPS and much more. But the Internet’s benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies, and it brings with it a terrifying danger: cyberwar. Amid the controversy over leaks from the National Security Agency, this looms as an even bigger downside.
By cyberwarfare, I mean the capacity of groups — whether nations or not — to attack, disrupt…
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