Arguably the most influential lifestyle change of the Information Age, the arrival of modern communication has ushered in a new era of ease and productivity. Although some of my articles contain gloomy tales of network breaches and malware, we must occasionally step back and appreciate the standard of living enjoyed today. Without it we would still be dropping envelopes in mailboxes, waiting days to pay bills and cash checks, and relying on the local newspaper for honest journalism. Thank goodness those days are over! In the spirit of appreciation, join me in discussing these five primary categories.
This article provides a brief glimpse into the origin story of the Internet. Travel back in time to 1969, learn about the creation of ARPANET, then journey forward through the dot.com era to come full circle into the present day.
Sometimes I take a break from writing about the basics and veer down the slippery slope of politics. At times I enjoy musing over the cosmic struggle between the government and the private sector and lending my voice in support of Internet freedom and privacy. Today’s article highlights my opinion about the role of big government in the future of privacy.