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GEAB 150

The monthly bulletin of LEAP (European Laboratory of Political Anticipation) - 15 Dec 2020

Organised Crime, Terrorism, Espionage and Hackers… – Should we be Afraid of an Underworld Resurgence?

Last month, thanks to our junior team, we explored the mysteries of the cyber world. This first visit was very fruitful and is already taking us to a new set of anticipations.

Criminal and terrorist organisations, secret surveillance-intelligence-operation agencies, communities of hackers, dealers… the fauna that populates this shadowy world is far from advised company. The attention we now pay to this world leads us to identify a trend that brings both worries and hopes: this secret world is coming to the surface! Or rather, there is a pincer movement at work; not only is this world coming out into the light, but the normal world is also coming down to meet it. The idea is rather frightening, but even so…

Everyone is in the same boat

The obvious reason for this is the Covid crisis and the accelerated digitalisation of our society. Though the internet began to invade our lives only/already 25 years ago, the year 2020 represents a major step in us collectively appropriating this revolutionary tool. Until recently, the internet in the private sphere was mainly used to send e-mails, to chat on social networks or to order things on Amazon.

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