31 Aug 2009

Licensed to Surf

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Not just anyone should be allowed to take his mouse and ride the Information Superhighway anonymously, argues an Australian authority on crime.

Australia’s leading criminologist thinks online scams have escalated to such a point that first-time users of computers should have to earn a licence to surf the web.

Russel Smith, principal criminologist at the Australian Institute of Criminology said the concept of a “computer drivers licence” should be taken seriously as an option for combating internet-related crime.

“There’s been some discussion in Europe about the use of what’s called a computer drivers licence – where you have a standard set of skills people should learn before they start using computers,” Dr Smith told iTnews.

“At the moment we have drivers licences for cars, and cars are very dangerous machines. Computers are also quite dangerous in the way that they can make people vulnerable to fraud.

“In the future we might want to think about whether it’s necessary there be some sort of compulsory education of people before they start using computers,” he said.

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The seemingly limitless wanderings and accompanying societal restrictions, by the liberal mindset, amazes me…

Scott D

Since state licensing of drivers has clearly eliminated traffic accidents, licensing computer users will surely eliminate internet-related crime. Of course, if it doesn’t, we will simply have to impose even stricter usage rules and track your habits in the Ministry of Cyber Activities.


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