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Look Both Ways by Linda Criddle

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Chapter 1. The Landscape of Risk

Marty’s feeling good tonight; his law firm just won a big case, and it’s a sure bet he’ll make partner before his 45th birthday next month. He checks on his wife, and she’s watching TV in the living room, starting to doze. He grabs a drink and settles down in front of his computer in the den. Marty logs on to the Internet, turns off the computer speakers so his wife won’t hear anything, and types in a URL.

Marty discovered Stella a couple of months ago. She’s 14 and lives in a nearby city. Like most people, her online journal, called a blog, tells more about her than she realizes, and, like most blogs, it was set up by default to be wide open to the public. In her blog profile she lists her birthday, city and state, ...

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