The online battle of good v. evil?

The online battle of good v. evil? • by Gladys McKie

Since the mid-1990’s the Internet has changed our lives and for the most part, for the better. Parallel to the good, is the bad. From defamation to identity theft to outright stealing by scams and copyright infringement it seems like the good and the bad are running a race. The ultimate victory for the good might be increasing regulations to “fight” the bad.  This would mean more limitations to Internet freedom. This might mean more surveillance of our Internet activities and requiring ISPs to report and/or terminate our use of services if we participate in illegal activity on their service. The industry led Internet Alert System is a good model and test case for monitoring our Internet activities. A more regulated Internet might mean that we would need to be more careful when we download photos, music or articles. A victory for an unregulated Internet might be the rise of websites that allow copyright infringement. The ultimate victory for the bad might well be a super hack that would harm our economy and or cripple our government. It’s the stuff of science fiction.

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