has released an article about a recent US army report into the use of 4iP interests (web 2.0, mobile and social networking technologies) by terrorist organisations in their fight against the west.
It is a truly interesting article and made me wonder 'Should we take the terrorist usability of new technologies and services born out of 4iP into account?'.
I don't for a minute think that the inventors of Twitter should be held accountable for it's use as a technology to synchronise attacks but should such outcomes be taken into consideration? Are all the new services we come up with really furthering human development and who bears the brunt of any negative effects?
There has been a lot of talk about the service which highlights bad service in hospitals throughout the UK which is a brilliant idea but does this have an adverse effect of undermining the future improvement and development of said hospitals? I realise that the aim is to spur 'bad' hospitals on to do better but if the service was a house hold name what damaging effect could naming and shaming have on hospital numbers and in return investment figures?
I'm not usually this pessimistic but the Wire article did leave me pondering these questions.
Read it at blog.wired.com/defense/2008/10/terrorist-cell.html