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For much of the 1990s, member-states of the European Union regulated internet technology using the nationalist and protectionist models it used to regulate other media. This meant European governments assumed that publicly supported telecommunication corporations like the British Broadcasting Corporation or Deutsche Telekom would promote nationalist versions of the internet—like France’s Minitel—and would control the internet just as they controlled the telephone and broadcasting. In short, Europe went about regulating the internet as if it were a public utility.
72 These magazine articles reinforced the notion that computers were the key to the future and that parents had better get on board or they would be left behind. Following suit, the camps were explicit attempts to bridge the computing generational gap and to help the older generation parent the younger. They provided parents with skill sets through which to model “appropriate” computer use and to discipline (or at least to identify) “inappropriate” use. These camps, then, helped soothe anxieties about mysterious teenagers and complex technologies.
18 A month later all three major television networks gave extended coverage to a story that challenged the assuring notion put forth by government sources that the “WarGames Scenario” could never happen. ” He then went on to report that young Milwaukee hackers had successfully tapped into a Los Alamos nuclear weapons center computer. Although sources said that “nothing secure was accessed” and that all new security measures were in place, the broadcast interviewed the hackers, who claimed “It’s easy to do.