1. Can keeping certain pieces of information secret be contextual?

    I don’t think governments should reveal the location of their soldiers in conflicts that would potentially endanger their lives. Corporates shouldn’t have to tell the public the whereabouts of data centres that contain their sensitive business information. I don’t need to know if someone is planning a surprise birthday party for me.

    Sure – if each of these items “leak”, there are consequences that need to be dealt with ranging from spoiling a surprise to being opened up to a terrorist attack.

    Leak prevention should be assessed based on level and impact of risk and ultimately, context.

    Great post, Kate!


  2. Kate, a plethora of thoughts came out of that post.
    Just as “banning” things or putting fences around properties often makes people more curious, so the same with security – informational or otherwise.
    The nature of society is to crave openness, but we also retreat to the secure comforts offered by “closed”.
    It’s striking a balance which is hard.
    In the example of your post, some trust would help with that balance. It would remove the need for barriers preventing most from doing their job yet create an environment where fewer are tempted to break that trust.
    There will always be exceptions, but isn’t that just life?
    The sooner those “in control” learn to accept that, the sooner these issues dissipate.

  3. knowledge is power, right? behind closed doors means I can protect my image, right?

    how often do we fail because we didnt have all the information? how often does the world come tumbling in because we havent sought help with what is really going on?

    information provides freedom and choice and the ability to continue knowing all facts.

    wise blog. hope more people listen, read and act.

  4. Eventually, all information will be free, and possibly useless. It’s wisdom that cannot be readily leaked. Wisdom is almost impossible to transfer and thus will be protected from theft forever.

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