Compared to most of the world’s infrastructure, it is amazing how primitive and lawless the internet really is. Yes, the web is technically sophisticated but when trying to understand how it should be used and how it can benefit our lives, it is still a wild and unruly path, needing a great deal of growth and maturing. By Cees Links, CEO, GreenPeak Technologies.
The world has experienced motor vehicles for over 100 years, compared to just 20 years for web travel. It makes sense that highway users are more sophisticated and knowledgeable about how to travel the asphalt and metal highway compared to the digital highways in the cloud.
To be efficient, useful and safe, societies worldwide have developed customs, rules and regulations to ensure that we don’t get injured as we travel from one location to another. It makes sense that the same kinds of rules and customs should apply to travelling the internet - especially from a privacy and security perspective. Those using the web need to learn the rules of the road: what not to do and where not to go.
When I say learn I do not mean to simply learn how to browse the internet – what I mean is the collective education that we need to comprehend the concept of the internet, just as we learned a lot in the last 200 years about the concept of the car. Although the car may have gradually developed from a traditional horse pulled carriage, today there is very little that resembles its origins. The same will occur with today’s internet: in 20 years from now, travelling the web will be a lot different than it is today.
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