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WikiLeaks Was Inevitable

December 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I will briefly ignore the morality of WikiLeaks to discuss the bigger story; how you can’t have it both ways with data.

Data has become insanely portable. You can easily buy 128GB flash drives smaller than a finger. That’s more data than you can fit on a floor of a library.

While the physical space required to store data has shrunk, enterprises have made a concerted effort to get every piece of information they own disseminated to every employee. When I started my career at Lotus Development Corp we called it ‘Knowledge Management,’ after 9/11 our government called it ‘connecting the dots.’

The end result of the government’s push to share information with SIPRnet meant that tens of thousands of intelligence workers got access to secret information. That wasn’t an accident. That was the goal. Our government made the bet that freely sharing secret information had more benefits than risks.

Like the old saying goes, “3 people can keep a secret if 2 of them are dead.” With thousands of folks hanging on to every piece of secret intelligence, giant leaks became inevitable. I am not terribly surprised WikiLeaks happened, nor will I be surprised when this happens again.

Meanwhile our government is rethinking its ‘connect the dots’ strategy.

Tags: Geeky · musings

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  • 1 kumar // Dec 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    so TRUE!!!!!!!!!

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