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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
        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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