Three separate incidents over the past few weeks have once again forced us to focus on an important issue: How should the Internet be regulated, if at all?
The now-infamous mail sent by Indian Mujahideen before the recent bomb blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad has been traced to the home of a US citizen in Mumbai. He claims that someone hacked into his Net connection and misused it.
In Beijing, the Chinese government has been busy blocking websites that it deems unfriendly. This is one part of the repression that has been unleashed to ensure that the Beijing Olympics go according to the communist regime’s plans.
Then there is what has been happening in South Korea, the world’s most wired nation. Reuters says in a report that South Korea’s government is “working on new rules to bring some control to the information—and disinformation—that bombards the nation’s computer screens”.
A sign of the times?