These are scary times online. Facebook feeds offer content of dubious provenance. Sinister forces might compromise the microchips in your car and refrigerator. Russia seems to possess malware that can shut down its adversaries’ power grids. Amid this bleak state of affairs, technologist Alexander Klimburg weighs in and hunkers down with a pessimistic study. He begins with an almost-nuclear war – that only one human's trust in his own judgment over that of a machine – averted. Klimberg finds scant evidence for that sort of unselfish rationality elsewhere in the Internet world. He argues that in the future, self-interested actors with nefarious commercial and political aims will hotly contest the once-utopian Internet. Klimberg, the program director at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, is a knowledgeable policy wonk with high-level professional credentials. He is not a computer geek. His take on the bleaker and more criminal aspect of the Web comes from a policy perspective. Students, professors, politicians and those seeking a broad-view of the criminal Internet will find much of interest here.
About the Author
Alexander Klimburg, the program director at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and an associate and former fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.