Monday, November 29, 2010

Setec Astronomy

I think a lot of people take for grated the changes we've experienced in the information age. Even the little things are different now. Remember when you had to come up with a time and meeting place before you left the house? These days you can just call when you're almost there. How about when TV lacked the ability to continuously overlay sports scores on the game? I remember loathing having to wait until commercial break to check the score of a game I started watching late. Information is everywhere. One of the nasty side effects is that you can't keep secrets anymore. If more than one person knows it, sooner or later everyone will know it. Copying information is trivial. Information can't be stopped. I just hope our State Department learns this lesson sooner than later. They can go after the people responsible for the leaks and they should, but they're not going to stop this sort of thing from happening. Wikileaks is the future. We all need to adapt. James Bond has nothing on an insider with a thumb drive.

2 comments:

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Yeah, you right.

Mavric said...

There was a point at work where I had to go over the head of a boss because he was allowing unethical things to take place on his watch. When I spoke to a mentor for advice on how to approach the matter, his advice was to make a phone call because emails are formal and require formal action while phone calls allow a little more wiggle room because nothing has been set in stone.

I agree with your point wholeheartedly that in this day and age, information is like water and people are holes in a jar. The more people that know, the harder it is to keep the info from going all over the place. That being said, there ARE ways that can be used to keep information secure. All these documents being posted to wikileaks is the result of gross negligence as much as it is the malevolence of Bradley Manning.

The next really tough question is SHOULD we be worried about the leaks? To be honest, I want accurate civilian casualty reports and accountability when someone breaks laws. On the flip side, I want the US to be capable of covert operations such as computer viruses hitting enrichment centerfuges in Iran (not that anyone is admitting who wrote stuxnet). Sadly, I don't know how the two ideas are compatable.