Assuaging The Wiki-leaks
Assuaging The Wiki-leaks
With all the latest fervor over wiki-leaks and their assault on institutional privacy. Whether it is posting banking, industrial or governments communications. The unspoken question begs -what more private information can be gathered and released under a flag of morality, the assumption of the peoples right to know, free speech, or the freedom of the press. All of which Wiki-leaks Julian Assange has used to justify his actions and for which individuals donate money to facilitate.
How secure is a business when any disgruntled employee can anonymously send private corporate material onto wiki-leaks for public consumption? Trade initiatives and strategies that are essential to a businesses survival. Information about trends and future buying on the stock exchange or sought for resources planned ahead of industrial demands related to production. Future products or models in the works or just data recording a public companies fiscal viability that if known would have it's shares plummet.
How secure is a country under the very same circumstances where a disgruntled employee of the government. Any government. Can send vital data to Wiki-leaks and Julian Assange for public distribution?
Assange declares of Wiki-leaks. "We get information in the mail, the regular postal mail, encrypted or not, vet it like a regular news organization, format it - which is sometimes something that's quite hard to do, when you're talking about giant databases of information - release it to the public and then defend ourselves against the inevitable legal and political attacks."
Obviously Julian Assange realizes he is doing something wrong, amoral and illegal, if he must gird his actions from inevitable legal attacks. Which in of itself asks, if Julian Assange's behavior wasn't illegal, would he be operating as he is with such disregard for state and business data and communications? Does Assange, Wiki-leaks or the disgruntled employees who collate and transmit these secrets have the moral authority to be the arbitrators of what is public knowledge and circumvent the laws of nations to distribute such privately held material?
If the idea of good as stated by Assange is, "Well, there's a question as to what sort of information is important in the world, what sort of information can achieve reform. And there's a lot of information. So information that organizations are spending economic effort into concealing, that's a really good signal that when the information gets out, there's a hope of it doing some good."
Has he been successful? Has he altered the course of reform? No.
All Wiki-leaks has accomplished is to drive secret keeping further underground as governments, banks and corporations plug the holes in their systems, create further distrust and for a brief moment caused some unnecessary and unfruitful embarrassment. Wiki-leaks biggest success has to be that they have become an international pariah who themselves must hide and operate under a veil of secrecy.
Wiki-leaks double standard inherent in their moral authority. We need our privacy and secrets to do our job. Nation states, banks and corporations don't.
in the morning gather thyself to purpose,
in the evening discuss the manner,
that thou hast been this day,
in word, work, and thought.
December 5, 2010
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