Regulatory Responses and Crime Prevention Across the Taiwan Strait
Chapter 1: Introduction
Cairncross (1997:26) in her book The Death of Distance stated that the technology revolution would make it easier for people to contact each other, to discover information, to learn new things, and to acquire new skills. The same technology revolution would make it easier for people to turn their initiatives and ideas into business ventures: This is a revolution about opportunity and about increasing human contact. It will be easier than ever before for people with initiative and ideas to turn them into business ventures. It will be easier to discover information, to learn new things, to acquire new skills. Above all, it will be easier to find somebody to talk to – to communicate, whether with friends or strangers, relatives or customers. As a result, the world will, in all probability, be a better place. The Internet ranks as one of the great inventions that have affected human life. The development of computers and the Internet has transformed the way we live and do business. No matter whether you are searching for travel information or buying concert tickets, you can easily perform these functions at any time and in the convenience of your own home. The Internet bridges the communication divide. People can contact their friends or family members whenever they wish. At minimal cost they can even have ‘face to face’ conversations. Moreover, with the Internet eroding national borders, making new friends in other countries has become simple.