The Internet, Everyone's Favorite Whipping Boy
from the who's-to-blame? dept
The internet’s been blamed for any number of things from familial neglect to sexual assault, so it was only a matter of time, we suppose, before someone noted that it could be a cause of terrorism. US Homeland Secretary Michael Chertoff is warning that people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to terrorist training camps can get the skills — and of course the indoctrination — online. In one sense, what he says is true; if someone were so inspired, they could seek these things online. But it’s hard to imagine that if somebody were committed to terrorism, the lack of an internet connection would stop them. And if he’s talking the internet threat up, is that a precursor to more regulation of it, in the name of homeland security? Seems likely. After all, why would he be identifying the threat if he didn’t have a plan to do something about it? Meanwhile, it seems that Iran is similarly concerned about the dangerous effects of the internet. The country is banning broadband, not because it’s concerned about terrorism, but because it’s worried about too much western culture and media dominating its own.