world war E
dispatches from the network society

policeware

he thought the internet was anonymous, a virtual polity free from the constraints of territorial law, where even unsavory interests could be indulged without fear of detection or, if detected, identification or even, if identified, prosecution. but when the FBI tagged his MySpace site with a tracking program to discover the identity behind a bomb hoax, the interpenetration of the digital and real worlds was made stark.

even virtual crimes get hard time in the rapidly colorizing gray areas of internet law. this policeware, as it came to be known, showed the obverse face of the internet’s often gleeful anarchism.

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