Recently at a meeting on cyber security I looked around and took a close look at who were sitting around me. Mostly middle aged men and older (including myself), hardly any ladies nor youth.
Discussing this afterwards with perhaps the only young man present and a young lady, representing the organisation, we all came to the same conclusion: if the topic is cyber crime or cyber security it mainly draws older man to the venue. The lady added: “when we organise something about digital education or children’s rights on the Internet, it is the complete opposite: all women”.
So, I wonder, if what we read is true and the older generation does not understand the Internet (generally speaking that is, nothing personal) and does not understand the challenges that lie ahead, why is it always turning up at these events. And where is the youth? What are they working on? What keeps them busy?
Building apps and new software, making money at trendy companies or conglomerates like Google and Facebook? Perhaps, but there must be ICT people in the age of 20-35 who have opinions on cyber crime and security matters. So where are they when these events are organised? It would be interesting to learn how they perceive the Internet and the challenges it brings in the form of security, cooperation, cross border issues, privacy and cyber crime. Unless it is a subject that does not interest them. If that is the case, it would also be interesting to learn why. Simply because this may just point in the direction the (Internet) world is going to.
So who’s the first to organise an event that brings this group together? What ought to be the topics? And who is going to present? It must be interesting to do so. I might even just peep around the corner to listen in.
Wout de Natris, De Natris Consult
Leiderdorp, Wednesday 4 July 2012