January 1, 2011

INFORMATION WANTS TO BE FREE:

WikiLeaks Shows Flaws of Diplomatic Database (Joby Warrick, 12/31/10, Washington Post)

Before the infamous leak, the 250,000 State Department cables acquired by anti-secrecy activists resided in a database so obscure that few diplomats had heard of it.

It had a bureaucratic name, Net-Centric Diplomacy, and served an important mission: the rapid sharing of information that could help uncover threats against the United States. But like many bureaucratic inventions, it expanded beyond what its creators had imagined. It also contained risks that no one foresaw.


Of course, the greatest risk inherent in such a database is that rather than being used to share information widely it seeks to share it only narrowly. Wikileaks fixed the flaw.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 1, 2011 9:02 AM
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