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In 2003, the US DoD wanted to 'fight the net'
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you know that the landscape of the Internet has been incredibly tumultuous -- what with proposed legislation, like SOPA/PIPA; the seizure of file-sharing sites, like MegaUpload; dictators being overthrown, as in Egypt; "hacktivist" groups, like LulzSec and Anonymous, running amok; government-funded trojans/viruses that take out nuclear power plants, then inadvertently end up on the Web; and so on and so forth.
Well, in 2006, an October 2003 US DoD (Department of Defense) document, titled the "Information Operations Roadmap," came to light via George Washington University. In it, the DoD expressed -- amongst other interesting sentiments -- that they needed to "fight the net" (see page 10 of the PDF). There is a proper context to that statement, but, clearly, they knew the Internet would serve far more powerful and nefarious purposes, and they knew they needed to prepare.
Whether they were ready for it or not, what the US DoD feared the most back then has certainly come to pass, and seeing this report is just a stark reminder that the Internet is so much more than a catalyst for our entertainment and petty information consumption.
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