Internet junkies and world leaders alike are dealing with a phenomenon they do not fully understand; the internet, a vast, ungovernable, intimate, alter-reality, through which, almost anything is possible. Although many acclaim the internet as a harbinger to a new age and extol its virtues as an information source, the internet brings challenges few are ready to face. The versatility of the internet brings these troubles into many realms of our everyday life. This paper will discuss how the internet hurts commerce, international relations, and interpersonal relationships.
The commercial industries have latched onto the internet as if it were free money. Many, though have been caught unaware. Commerce suffers greatly from information leaks and infringement. One of the largest losses come from the loss of trade secrets. Joseph Kizza, an expert researcher in the field of internet influence, states the problem succinctly:
Two types of information can leak on the internet: (1) information on devices, designs, processes, software designs, and many other industrial processes, and (2) information on individual employees' life possessions-- employee- accumulated
knowledge and experience...When an employee is hired by a company he/she usually signs a contract with a new employer against disclosure of information "acquired in the course of employment." But by the nature of the internet an employee can live by this contract and yet disclose as much information, most times unknowingly, into the internet community. (147)
Such information leaks can do great damage to individual companies in a competitive environment. Years of research and millions of dollars can be leaked out unwittingly. Infringement uses these trade secrets for gain. An infringer is anyone who uses proprietary information to profit undeservedly. But, unlike other lawbreakers no public law enforcement can be used to...