2011: Looking back, looking forward

2010 was a busy year for the IT industry. We look back at our highs and lows or the year and look forward to what we hope will happen in the coming 12 months.

href="https://www.itpro.co.uk/623689/nick-clegg-backtracks-over-mckinnon-extradition" target="_blank"]appeared to backtrack[/a] over the issue, having previously criticised the Labour Government for not taking action to keep McKinnon in the country.

Former MP Baroness Browning this month went as far to say the US should employ McKinnon to help improve cyber defences rather than shove him in jail.

As it is, McKinnon remains in limbo and who knows when the situation will be resolved.

Hope for 2011

In the second half of 2010 hacktivism' became mainstream thanks to

WikiLeaks. Any kind of protest is exciting for us journalists, but the work of Anonymous and others has irrevocably altered the paradigm for freedom of expression.

For next year, I'd like to see an issue arise that has the general backing of the public, followed by an online protest. That will really show whether it is corporations or the people who have control over the internet.

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