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2005-02-11 20:34:59 -
Response: 'Experts' challenge mi2g Chairman's Oxford speech

For the Attention of:

Matt Loney
Editor, ZD Net UK

Michael Parsons
News Editor, ZD Net UK

Tony Hallett
Editor, Silicon.com

Dear Sirs

This is an Open Letter published on our websites with immediate effect (www.mi2g.net and www.mi2g.com).

We write to you from mi2g in London and would be grateful if you can investigate the situation we are facing as a result of your groups' recent publications. Hundreds of your readers have repeatedly brought the following to our attention and we are concerned to read the articles, which have been authored by your colleagues Dan Ilett and Will Sturgeon, because they are factually incorrect and therefore present the wrong picture:

1. Clarke joins latest cyberterror debate

2. Cyberterror threats dismissed (Originally published by Silicon.com)

These articles, appear to be responding to the speech made by our Chairman yesterday at the OII, University of Oxford.

With respect, we are concerned that we have not been asked to make a comment at all in regard to the originally published articles, which amounts to firing a gun, that discredits us and challenges our reputation, on the shoulder of 'eminent' personalities. Those 'expert' personalities, such as Richard Clarke, also appear not to have read DK Matai's speech and have made factually incorrect statements as a result. We feel that in the absence of a balanced analysis of the speech, rampant errors and omissions in your analyses, your articles may be mis-informing your readers in a serious way.

For the record, the following facts in regard to our Chairman's speech are worth noting and should be brought to the attention of your readers immediately:

1. May we respectfully point out that the World Security Organisation (WSO) being proposed is an international body dealing with organised crime and terrorism in all five dimensions - cyberspace, outer space, sky, sea and land. It seems that your colleagues have not presented a balanced point of view by simply focussing on cyber terror and then identifying rival experts to seek their mis-informed opinions. With respect, those experts appear not to have read the speech by DK Matai otherwise they would note that the thrust of the speech even in the cyber dimension is in regard to organised crime.

2. The words "cyber terrorism" are mentioned only once in the speech and not in the skewed context of your articles. The title of the speech refers to the way in which the Internet provides the glue for trans-national organised crime, terrorism and affects domestic as well as international security issues. We are concerned to note that your colleagues do not appear to understand the holistic views on security which are being presented. We would urge your readers to make up their own mind after reading DK Matai's speech which can be obtained free of charge from the mi2g web site.

See www.mi2g.net for full text.


2005-02-10 11:24:04 -
Second comment: Open Invitation:

Dear CCRC visitors

Please note that the proposed World Security Organisation has many facets and the precise reasons for proposing it are discussed in DK Matai's speech delivered at the Oxford Internet Institute. We would urge you to make up your mind after reading DK Matai's speech which can be obtained free of charge from the mi2g Intelligence Unit: intelligence.unit@mi2g.com.

In regard to mi2g's cyber terror views: Far from engaging in hyperbole, we feel that our point of view is balanced and realistic. Feel free to make up your own mind by reading: "How real is the threat of cyber terrorism?" This is a free article and it can be accessed from here: http://www.mi2g.com/cgi/mi2g/press/101104.php

Best wishes

Intelligence Unit
mi2g Ltd
29th Floor
One Canada Square
London, E14 5DY
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fax +44 (0) 20 7712 1501
eMail intelligence.unit@mi2g.com
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2005-02-10 11:15:05 -
Dear Sirs

We have read the article by Will Sturgeon with interest "Cyber terror plan panned as 'barmy'".

May we respectfully point out that the World Security Organisation (WSO) being proposed is an international body dealing with organised crime and terrorism in all five dimensions - cyberspace, outer space, sky, sea and land. It seems that your colleague has not presented a balanced point of view but simply focussed on cyber terror and then identified rival experts to seek their opinions in that regard.

With respect, those experts have not read the speech by DK Matai and nor had Mr Sturgeon requested a copy at the time of writing this article.

We also note that no comment had been sought from mi2g for the published article because we would have suggested that the speech should be read first.

We seek your kind redressal to ensure that a balanced perspective is put forward to your readers. For example, the Government of Saudi Arabia, has called for a body like the WSO over the weekend.

Thank you.

Best wishes


Intelligence Unit
mi2g Ltd
29th Floor,
One Canada Square,
London, E14 5DY
tel +44 (0) 20 7712 1782
fax +44 (0) 20 7712 1501

eMail intelligence.unit@mi2g.com
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