Internet crime problem

Internet crime problem

Allow an Internet free-for-all and this is the type of action, that some people, may resort to !

Internet crime problem

Article first published 28-05-2011
The first e-G8 meeting was held in Paris this week. The meeting brought together World leaders and some of the top executives from the companies with big interests in the Internet - Facebook, Wikipedia and Google etc.
I listened to what French President Sarkosy said and I couldn't help getting the feeling that he was issuing a 'veiled' warning to some of the Internet's main movers and shakers.
He said that the Internet wasn't some sort of "parallel universe" where "legal and moral rules" and the "basic rules that govern society in democratic countries do not apply." He also warned that "countries could not remain neutral and allow completely unchecked Internet use."
In my opinion, I think that President Sarkozy views the Internet as some sort of 'Wild West' where anything goes and in some ways, I agree !
Take the recent footballer privacy fiasco. Is it right that an organisation like "Twitter" should profit from providing a platform for their anonymous members to publish details that, according to Court Injunction, they shouldn't ? Surely, Twitter must be held responsible in some way or, should they be allowed to blatantly aid and abet someone to break the law ?
Sky News reported on Tuesday that a van-load of masked men arrived, baseball bats in hand, and smashed up the vehicles of the
Paparazzi that were waiting outside the footballer's house. Allow an Internet free-for-all and this is the type of action, that people who feel aggrieved in some way or, another, may resort to !
I'm sure that anyone who just wants to use the Internet to send a few emails, talk to their Grandchildren on Skype and watch the odd episode of Eastenders on BBC iPlayer every now and then, will wonder what all the fuss and furore is all about !
There's no doubt that the growth of the Internet and associated technologies has enabled many fantastic things to happen - things that, until a few years ago, we could
only dream about. The problem seems to be that, for everything and everyone that uses the Internet for positive purposes, there seems to be something or, somebody, using it for negative purposes.
A quote from this column at the end of last year - "In the old days, a criminal's most important tools were his torch, balaclava and a jemmy. Nowadays, your more likely to see him carrying a laptop computer, mobile telephone and USB stick, and with more criminals choosing to commit e-crime, it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with everything that is going on !"
President Sarkozy and all the other world leaders are right to be worried about the amount of crime that is committed on the Internet and in my opinion, they are right to use every weapon in their technological armoury to combat Internet crime.
If the bosses of the top Internet companies don't exercise self restraint and self-police their industry - stopping their users from breaking the law, I think that it won't be too long before the World's Presidents and Politicians force them to act responsibly by introducing legislation that forces them to prevent their users from blatantly breaking the law.

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