Monday, November 29, 2010

Whistle Blowing

"Fox complicit in Google China breach?"

Illustrating just why electronic whistle blowing is so valuable. Questions have the power to mislead. Should we then avoid using them? Of course not. Then why is it argued that very loosely supported claims have validity equal to ones that are vetted to a larger extent?

Sometimes, it is because such false equivalence supports an agenda. Controlling discourse is a cost effective means of maintaining economic disparity.  And when it happens, the most cost effective countermeasure is robust transparency.

We are fortunate to live in a time when rapid expansion of interactive communications available to most of the world's population is profitable to some transnational companies. Instead of wealth-hoarding modulating innovation, societal value is beginning to re-assert. There is economic incentive for it to happen and risk capital is available for expansion as a result.

It is a time for cautious optimism.  As stated before, the risk is in the reaction of old power to this new trend.

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