Creating this website has been an extremely enjoyable, but at the same time, a challenging task for all of us. This is the first time we are building a website. Through Thinkquest, we have managed to learn a lot and more importantly, do our part in educating others.
When Kishore's computing teacher, Mr.Gi, informed him about Thinkquest, he was immediately excited by it and started looking for people to join him. About one month later, he had identified Shafeeq, Ushnish and Amos. Kishore took on the role of a web designer, while Ushnish was the content in-charge, Shafeeq did scripting and Amos translated the website to French.
Initially, we were highly undecided on what topic to do our website on. The presence of an open category stretched our imaginations. Several interesting suggestions came up, such as an exposition on metaphysics, how the universe works, or a timeline of all the geniuses throughout history and an explanation of why their work is so significant. However, all our probable topics seemed either too impractical or not interesting enough. Moreover, none of them were actually useful to society.
The moment Kishore hit upon Internet crimes and how to prevent them, we knew that this was THE topic. It was fascinating while being manageable. It was “gray” enough for us to express our own opinions and not rely solely on facts generated by others. Most importantly, we felt that this is an issue which is only starting to receive the importance it should have been given since the days of Kevin Mitnick and Poulsen. It is not a trend that will fully unravel itself and be curbed within a year or two. Crime is, arguably, the most rampant epidemic known to Man and is the hardest to cure or even keep under control. We feel that the war against cybercrime has only just begun. Many governments have yet to instill a sense of urgency within themselves and their people. We have all become so dependent on technology that we do not yet see how vulnerable this has inevitably made us. The world is becoming even more so as months pass.
It was the all-encompassing importance of the topic and the interest we all had that made us sacrifice so many hours of study as well as leisure. We may have as well spent our entire school life studying and getting full score in our examinations but how would that have shown the society that we students are also capable of making contributions to it?
One can truly say that one is knowledgeable only after the knowledge has been passed on for the betterment of others.