Several years ago, private enterprises created their own supercomputers. These information powerhouses took on more authority than sovereign countries wished. With few guardrails and cyber terrorism on the rise, world powers agreed to provide a united authority to help keep unsanctioned systems in check. Cloud providers and Big Data warehouses were allowed but they had to conform to the rules of the sovereign Global Artificial Intelligence body. The enforcement arm of that world body had manpower for monitoring in major cities.
Cyber Elite Social Police for Online Operations & Logistics, or CESPOOL, team members were cutting up in the staging area, waiting for the briefing to begin. Over the last five years their social police ranks had swollen to include every kind of technology discipline applicant. Some of the old timers who had joined at the beginning groused that they were letting any script-kiddie and pseudo-hacker wannabe join for the mandated cause of Internet purity.
As the regular news networks got washed away by the social networks for people’s news, a new problem arose. The networks could no longer throttle or steer the news reporting because everyone could use social media for their voice on the world stage. Everyone’s complaint had unlimited reach, including the endless airing of all thoughts, good and bad. Crimes were watched in real time, and freedom of speech or expression became the new tyrant of the planet. The outcry from a growing population spawned the European Social Police, and their mandate was to keep it clean and keep it safe on the Net. The problem was that the sovereign nations each controlled their own state-sponsored cyber warfare teams, and they each had a different agenda.
Sovereign nations couldn’t quite accept the claim of UN jurisdiction over cyber warfare since the dark net players were also cyber assassins for those same governments. It was an interesting catch-22; countries had to play ball with other nations for the good of the digital universe but at the same time were committed to subverting other countries. The loose confederations among sovereign powers was to cooperate to stop the freelance bad actors. Populations at large believed they were being protected from hate crimes and false news reports, but it only really provided modest comfort in the combat arena of the digital universe.
The biggest problem was finding enough freelance dark net operators to blame to cover up the cyber warfare actions between sovereigns. The CESPOOL team members from each country were communications linked with one another so they could be rolled into highly engineered situations and sanitize the bad actors. The backroom computer geeks of the CESPOOL team were constantly hunting for new suspects that were in fact freelancing in the digital space but could be made to order for sovereign cyber warfare crimes. It was the 21st century version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
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