The Past, Present & Future of eCrime

Trying to predict the future of eCrime for February's eCrime Congress magazine, I was thinking back to the Science Fiction novel that may have started it all, William Gibson's 'Neuromancer' published in 1984.

"Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway--jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills"

Gibson has his own Weblog and it's worth a visit by those in search of profound comment on the shape of technology and its impact on humanity.

"We live in, have lived through, a strange time" says Gibson. "I know this because when I was a child, the flow of forgetting was relatively unimpeded. I know this because the dead were less of a constant presence, then. Because there was once no rewind button. Because the soldiers dying in the Somme were black and white, and did not run as the living run. Because the world’s attic was still untidy. Because there were old men in the mountain valleys of my Virginia childhood who remembered a time before recorded music".


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