The computer and the Internet have been taken out of the “tech” corner and have evolved into a serious tool with serious issues associated with it. The Internet is increasingly becoming a great part of our daily life. This is increasing so fast and affecting so many people that governments are taking a much closer look at what is being done on the Internet.
It is now possible to hack into and control pacemakers for the human heart over the Internet. While this was actually discovered in 2008, it did not make many headlines until 2010.
At the end of this summer, technology websites and other media reported how a computer virus infecting an air-traffic control computer may have downed Spanair flight 5022.
Another recent example is the Stuxnet Virus. This is an advanced piece of computer programming, heavily disguised, and made with one very specific target: the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran.
These examples are serious threats. With threats to human life surfacing, the question of how much people should be allowed to do what they want on the Internet presents itself. Historically, the Internet (which has actually been around for over 40 years) was a “free-for-all” of sort. It was supposed to be like “International waters” where laws quickly become gray when data crosses borders.