SHADOW SIDE OF THE 'NET

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After living on the sunny, glittering intergalactic side of the Cyberspace Revolution for the past couple of years, it's been a disturbing jolt to discover the Internet's shadow side.

The aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing, and then the horrific return of the Unabomber, revealed how extensive the unregulated world of cyberspace had become. Suddenly, reports on the Oklahoma City aftermath were filled with accounts of "the vine," which Newsweek described as "a network of faxes, shortwave-radio broadcasts and Internet messages that links right-wing extremists." We now know that information about how to build bombs, in great detail, is readily available on "the vine" or similar New Age communications networks.

Which gets us full force back to early April and what we were vigorously recommending on this

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