I also agree wholeheartedly with this article. It is extremely well stated, and
I applaud Mr. Beattie. I also agree with samhill that vigilance is necessary,
however I would point out that there are corollaries with other essential
infrastructure. Water lines can be poisoned or contaminated. Streets and
highways can be used for a lot of nefarious activity. Electricity can easily
kill. Natural gas can explode a house. As a society we are careful to protect
as well as we can against these dangers, and prosecute those who violate laws
related to them. The internet is no different.
I agree with everything in this article. I have one caveat that I didn't
see mentioned.As we continue to become evermore connected via the
Internet, regardless of the bandwidth, we are becoming evermore vulnerable to
evermore destructive attacks by people who are becoming evermore capable and
hostile.I wish the Internet, this truly magnificent technological
rose, didn't include such a host of potential thorns, but to ignore them is
to only suffer more from them.