Tuesday, December 07, 2010

WikiLeaks in the Moral Void by Christian Caryl | NYRBlog | The New York Review of Books

An excerpt from another timely and thoughtful New York Review of Books article 

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.

WikiLeaks in the Moral Void by Christian Caryl | NYRBlog | The New York Review of Books

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