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Security's Hidden Cost
While it's true that many of us, myself included, find child pornography offensive and abusive, there are other equally important issues at play here, such as privacy and due process ("Troubling Discovery," May 12, p. 22; informationweek.com/939/law.htm).

We're rapidly becoming a society that's willing to sacrifice both at home, while we claim to be encouraging free societies abroad. Can we swap freedom for security? Benjamin Franklin summed it up well: "They who would sacrifice essential liberty for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." I guess Ben wouldn't get much airtime today.
John Kneiling
Principal Adviser, The TechPar Group, New York

Prosecute Spammers
I get 30 to 50 spam E-mails a day, and most all are offensive ("Spam Tests Employees' Productivity, Patience," May 12, p. 86; informationweek.com/939/spam.htm). I spend hours trying to unsubscribe or I write to the abuse E-mail address at the domain that these supposedly come from, only to be told that these are forged addresses. The U.S. attorney general should investigate and prosecute the people sending these offensive and illegal E-mails.
Bill Cockerham
Executive Support Team Leader, EDS, Plano, Texas

IT Pros Have Critical Role
If there's a single hard-learned lesson that everyone in the computer industry has heard, it's that most IT projects fail or come in over budget because of poor planning and analysis ("Tech-Driven: How Web Services Could Change IT Jobs," April 21, p. 30; informationweek.com/936/techdriven.htm). With the trend of integrating businesses and the Web, critical IT skills are more important now than they've ever been.

For any critical project, a support infrastructure dedicated to the ongoing maintenance and improvement of the newly integrated systems needs to be in place. This alone tells us that the role of the IT professional will still be a critical part of any business and that talented individuals will be in high demand.
Craig Thomas
Chief Technical Officer, WebHand Central, Kingston, Ontario

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