Rising cybersecurity threats mean a future of friction and mistrust

A desktop monitor with 'Beware Fraud' on the screen

Decades before the internet even existed, writers were warning that a comparable system might collapse and bring about catastrophe – EM Forster's 1909 story The Machine Stops described an apocalyptic scenario that has persisted, with some adaptation, all the way into 2014. Its latest appearance was courtesy of the World Economic Forum (WEF): on the eve of its Davos summit in January this year, the group published its annual Global Risks Report, which highlighted the particular threat of "digital

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