Britains stance on cyber crime is like driving a car without airbags
Information sharing is critical to mitigating the corrosive and systemic risk of cyber crime, something that the UK has yet to fully acknowledge
By Sarah Stephens
You probably havent heard of John W Hetrick. In fact, its fair to say that among the ranks of great US inventors including the likes of Edison, Morse, Tesla and Jobs Hetrick occupies at best a modest position. However, most people reading this column will come close to his invention although hopefully not too close every single day.
The invention of the automobile airbag is credited both to Hetrick and the German engineer Walter Linderer, who both registered patents in 1951. Hetricks patent was issued about two months before Linderers, and later research would show that the Germans design would not inflate fast enough for maximum safety. Although Hetrick did not profit much from his patent, with Ford installing a few test airbags in 1971 after the patent expired, his invention is now fitted as standard in every car in the world.
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