Book Review: Creeping Failure: How We Broke the Internet and What We Can Do to Fix It

By Jeffrey Hunker; Reviewed by Joseph J. Jaksa, CPP

*****Creeping Failure: How We Broke the Internet and What We Can Do to Fix It. By Jeffrey Hunker. McClelland & Stewart, ; 288 pages; $21.

In the book Creeping Failure, Jeffrey Hunker provides a detailed, poignant description of the dangers lurking on the World Wide Web, why the problems have developed, and what can be done to correct some serious issues.

The book is well organized and offers the reader a comprehensive tour and explanation of subjects pertaining to the protection, governance, and policies affecting the cyber world. Hunker provides a solid overview of the legal and ethical questions plaguing Internet users. Solid research is provided on specific types of attacks that may take place, the estimated costs and impacts of these potentially devastating events, and the lack of governmental and civil supervision that contributes to the problems.

The author's recommendations for retooling the Internet to make it safer are thought-provoking and well-supported. These recommendations pertain to areas such as governmental policy development and civil liability.

One strong quality of this publication is the wide range of potential readers who may benefit from it. Government policy makers will find the book helpful in giving them worthwhile suggestions for developing new Internet governance norms and practices. Members of the technical and Internet communities may be interested in Hunker’s advocacy of civil jurisdiction and recourse for potential neglect and erroneous practices, though they may not agree with those ideas. The private sector will appreciate Hunker’s suggestions as well. Finally, the text could be embraced by the academic community at either the graduate or upper-undergraduate level.

The only negative aspect of this book is that some of the examples were tedious and some extraneous material detracted from the primary subject. This is only a minor issue, however, and should not deter a potential reader from the text.

One of the primary concepts behind the creation of the Internet was to offer a community of information sharing and learning. The unfortunate reality is that the World Wide Web is rife with crime, corruption, and deviance. Jeffrey Hunker has composed the avenue to start the dialog and the creation of practices to help make the Internet safe and secure for all users.

Reviewer: Joseph J. Jaksa, CPP, Ph.D is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Michigan’s Saginaw Valley State University. Previously Jaksa worked for more than 20 years as a supervisor, manager, and executive in the security industry. He is a member of ASIS International.


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