Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Vint Cerf: Internet is a Reflection of Society

Personal note: Folks who attended the ISOI Security and Intelligence Summit in Redmond last month heard me talk about very similar things here.

First and foremost, I said that the measure of success in the Internet is that the movement of "real-world" criminal activity into the Internet is a mirror effect -- it is (unfortunately) an indication that the Internet is a success.

And actually, while I was giving my talk, Vint was making his (good) case at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that the problem is getting out of hand.

Great minds think alike? :-)

John Ribeiro writes on InfoWorld:

The Internet is a mirror of the population that uses it, said Google's vice president and chief Internet evangelist Vinton Cerf said in reference to the proliferation of fraud, social abuse, and other online crimes.

"If you stand in front of a mirror and you don't like what you see, it does not help to fix the mirror," Cerf said.

Internet companies like Google are putting in a lot of effort to help prevent these abuses, but the problem is more social and economic than technical, Cerf told reporters Tuesday in Bangalore.

More here.


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