[LINK] Could internet be used as a weapon against bioterrorism?
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Source:Edupage, October 29, 2001
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COULD INTERNET BE USED AS A WEAPON AGAINST BIOTERRORISM?
University of Pittsburgh public health professor Ron LaPorte now
has the ear of government intelligence officials for his concept
of an Internet-based, citizen-run bioterrorism defense network.
The idea comes from the neighborhood captain system set up during
the Cold War in case of nuclear attack. Basically, trusted leaders
in virtual communities would disseminate the latest information
about bioterrorism to their members as well as watch emerging
incidents and report them to authorities. LaPorte compares the
network to the antivirus segment of the tech community that
speedily identifies new software viruses, traces their origin,
and works on solutions--all the while using the Internet to
coordinate their efforts.
(USA Today, 24 October 2001)
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