This issue takes a look at a range of issues facing young people around the world. The UN General Assembly declared 2010-11 as the International Year of Youth. This Year is an important chance to paint a clear picture on the situation that young people face all around the world, an opportunity for governments and the civil society as a whole to re-think policies and strategies in favour of youth, and an opportunity for youths to make their voices heard. There are 1.2 billion young people in the world, or 18 per cent of the global population. Young people are the future, and they deserve to be in a position to contribute to its creation.
From developing to developed countries, it appears that we are betraying the expectation of the young generations and of the generations to come. As governments in many rich countries spend ever larger sums to stabilize economies and to guarantee security, it is not inappropriate to ask how much is really invested in empowering young people. Today, young people face record levels of unemployment; they are at the highest risk of both causing crime and being victims of crime; they live in a world increasingly suffering from the effects of man-made climate change. In many ways, today's young people seem to have a bleak future ahead of them.
This issue includes contributions from many young people; their words and visual work should inspire us all. In 1965, the UN General Assembly declared "Young people must become conscious of their responsibilities in the world they will be called upon to manage and should be inspired with confidence in a future of happiness for mankind." We dedicate this issue to all children and young people whose rights are violated every day and we devoted it to the real dreamers of our society. Only young people can make our dreams become reality.
This issue of the Magazine covers problems ranging from the evolution of cybercrimes, to terrorist use of information technology, to the main offences committed through the Internet, aiming to improve our knowledge of growing phenomena. Nowadays, security is no longer just an issue in the real world: it is a virtual matter as well. We can now exchange information and know-how from one side of the world to another in just a few seconds. The accessibility of information combined with the fact that all aspects of our life are electronically stored are the two aspects that contribute to our socio-economic development, our possibility to enjoy the freedom of a world simultaneously connected to us, but also to our vulnerability to cybercrime. Phishing, pharming, credit card fraud, identity theft, computer espionage, hacking, the elaboration and diffusion of viruses and worms, just to mention a few, are now part of our common dictionary. This issue includes several perspectives on cybercrimes and suggestions to reduce our own vulnerability and on how to prevent this kind of attacks.