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                                              June 2019                                                                      I have been a convert to the Internet since the earliest days   mention the dot com companies who were making fortunes,
                                                                                                                             working on some of the first database based Internet search
                                                                                                                                                                                 and significant tax revenue for, primarily, western,
                                                                                                                             engines, serving on European committees to develop the
                                                                                                                                                                                 governments.
                                                                                                                             Internet, working with the UK Information Technology   Nor did we realise that the Internet would permeate every
        Editorial                                        5    Madina al-Zahra, Córdoba                      22               National Training Organisation and the Department of Trade   aspect of life and allow even our own, ‘good’ politicians and
        The Wild West, Almería                           6    Community News                                26               and Industry. In those days, through the 1990s, everybody in   the so-called free press, to contort and misrepresent facts to
                                                                                                                             the industry believed the Internet was a ‘good thing’,
                                                                                                                                                                                 suit their own arguments or points of view.
        Health & Beauty                                  8    Via Verde de la Sierra, Cádiz                 36               allowing the free exchange of information anywhere in the   Philosophising with hindsight is a wonderful thing, but it
                                                                                                                             world. That is what www meant, a world wide web.
        Almería City, Mirror of the Sea                 10    The Alameda Gardens, Gibraltar                40               Unfortunately, we were all naïve, computer technicians,   does not solve the problem.
        Castle of the Eagles, Gaucin                    14    Gardening on the Costa                        44               software developers, communications service providers,   Now most right-thinking people, that is everybody apart from
                                                                                                                                                                                 the criminals, terrorists, perverts and some politicians who
                                                                                                                             politicians, all of us. We had not considered the criminal
        Food and Drink                                  16    David Baird, On the Bookshelf                 46               elements within society, political systems with a skewed view   still cannot get their facts straight, realise that measures
                                                                                                                             of ‘freedom’, terrorists and all the evil people in the world.   have to be taken. The Internet will become regulated, of that
        Mithraism in Andalucía                         20     Artist of the Month                           48               We used to joke that if you wanted to see where the Internet   there is no doubt. So now all we must worry about is how
                                                                                                                             technologies were going, you should keep an eye on the sex   governments will use this opportunity to exert even more
                                                                                                                             websites. They were the ones then that were generating   control over their citizens.
                                                                                                                             vast amounts of income and developing their sites. Perhaps   Do I sound bitter and cynical? Yes, I do and am. We had a
         6                                  10                                 14                                            we should have realised that paedophiles and perverts   fantastic opportunity to bring something good into the world,
                                                                                                                                                                                 and we blew it.
                                                                                                                             would see an opportunity there to spread their networks.
                                                                                                                             Perhaps measures should have been taken twenty years   Still, look on the bright side. It’s sunny and warm in
                                                                                                                             ago to restrict the type of information allowed on the net. But  Andalucía, the sky is blue, the beer is cold, and the sea looks
                                                                                                                             no, most of us thought, hoped, that existing laws were   inviting. What more could I ask for?
                                                                                                                             enough, and nothing was done. Mind you there was also
                                                                                                                             increasing pressure from various liberal ‘rights’ and ‘freedom             Nick Nutter
                                                                                                                             of speech’ groups to maintain a deregulated Internet, not to










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