Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Infomation Cold War

I see two possible futures: one where we're all more digitally naked than we'd like to be, and another where our information is "protected" by guardian-racketeers. Monopolized access to sensitive info is such a powerful thing, I can't imagine humans resisting the temptation to abuse the privilege.

I imagine that an open world will work out better for rational people generally. So I favor Wikileaks.
Wikileaks has publicly revealed more sensitive military documents in the past year than the entire world's press combined... The claim may be true for other document types as well, yet it is hard to establish. Military and intelligence documents have classification labels that can be easily searched for, while other leaked documents are hard to distinguish from public content.

The statistic reveals perhaps not so much the ongoing strength of Wikileaks but rather the bankrupt condition of the rest of the fourth estate.

Article here.

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