Vatican gets net savvy

A four-day symposium in the Vatican which opened on Thursday also will address internet copyright issues and hacking — including testimony from a young Swiss hacker and an Interpol cyber-crime official.

The meeting is being hosted by the European bishop’s media commission and is designed to delve into questions about what Internet culture means for the church’s mission and how the church communicates that mission to others.

Pope Benedict XVI has tried to bring the Vatican into the Internet age and launched a YouTube channel earlier this year. Officials say he also e-mails and surfs the Web. But the Vatican’s online shortcomings have been woefully apparent.

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