While technology is supposed to make our lives easier, even the best of us have made computing mistakes which we'd rather forget. But sometimes, these little errors can have big consequences:
The United Nations withheld some of the most damaging allegations against Syria in its report on the murder of Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese Prime Minister, it emerged yesterday. The names of the brother of Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, and other members of his inner circle, were dropped from the report that was sent to the Security Council.
The confidential changes were revealed by an extraordinary computer gaffe because an electronic version distributed by UN officials on Thursday night allowed recipients to track editing changes.
No doubt some unfortunate secretary at the UN is at this very moment cursing the 'Track Changes' functionality of MS Word.