Leslie Simon is former senior executive at IBM and a current fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

The Internet began as a governmental initiative. With the advent of the world wide web it entered a new age of public accessibility and utility. As this worldwide surge of enthusiasm mounted so have the problems. The vulnerability of personal information, the security of computer transactions, and provision of access to the system are some of the difficult issues. Leslie Simon describes the issues, the interests of the private and public sector in resolving them and the costs of failure.