- 16 Nov 16
The internet has produced many marvels. But it is an arena in which crime flourishes and break-ins can be either freelance or state-sponsored. No one knows where it is all heading...
Remember when we partied like it was 1999? The future didn’t look like this, did it? It’s not even two decades on – and yet it feels like another world, even a galaxy far far away and long long ago.
Yes, it was hedonistic, materialistic and shallow and already showed the DNA of much of the culture that now surrounds us – even of terrorism, trolls and Trumps. But there was also a kind of innocence and, though offset by fears, optimism.
There was, in particular, an almost giddy predictive enthusiasm for what digital technology would bring. Apart from faster communications and access to vast amounts of data, information and knowledge, there was also the prospect of interconnectedness at home and at work.