Leaks in the Void (Calvin Pissing on a Collapsed Star)

From Wikileaks in the Moral Void by Christian Caryl, from NYRB:

The Internet has brought countless benefits to mankind, but, as we see now, it also creates incalculable potential for mischief: it amplifies the threats of schoolyard bullies, empowers terrorists and fringe groups, and opens up huge new spaces to technologically savvy criminals. Now that data can be shared, linked, and exploited with near-instantaneous ease, the risks entailed by the publication of information mushroom out of all recognition; there is simply no way that any editor, however well-meaning, can make an informed judgment about the potential repercussions entailed by the release of vast amounts of confidential data of this sort. But this is where we are, and I wonder whether preaching restraint can have much effect. The technology has outpaced the ethics, and I wonder whether the ethics can ever catch up again.

Maybe we should have thought about this before inventing the internet and uploading all of reality on top of itself.

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2 Responses to “Leaks in the Void (Calvin Pissing on a Collapsed Star)”

  1. Matthew Says:

    Right on. I feel like I time-traveled back to 1993 this past week; is everyone just now discovering the internet?

  2. Matthew Says:

    and from the comments — “The author of this piece works for “Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.” From that organization’s site: “RFE/RL is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The BBG is a bipartisan federal agency overseeing all U.S international broadcasting services. In addition to RFE/RL, this includes Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, Alhurra, Radio Sawa, and Radio Marti.” Of course, none of this information is disclosed on this page.”

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