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Upsides and downsides of openness — the view from TEDGlobal

Let’s start with the bad news. With every technological development that helps make the world a better place, criminals and terrorists are out there to apply it to their own ends. Hence the use of satellite communications and a hi-tech operations centre that allowed the Mumbai terrorists in 2008 to track and maximize their massacre of 172 men, women and children; hence the encrypted national communications infrastructure constructed by Mexican drugs barons; hence the threat of synthetic viruses… 


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