In a previous post I mentioned that there are often unanticipated side-effects of open government initiatives.
That issue is highlighted as the Afghanistan Document Release by WikiLeaks continues to grab headlines. The real question is, should all data be opened or is there an accurate classsification system that protects the citizens need for disclosure and issues as important as national security. I don’t want folks to lose sight of the idea that “national security” is actually equating to risking people’s lives in this case. I realize that WikiLeaks did an admirable job of NOT publishing much of what was provided to them, but we desperately need a clearer understanding of how those decisions should be made. We dont have the benefit of knowing what wasn’t disclosed in this case. We asl are not certain yet what was released and what effect that will have on the safety and security of folks engaged in Afghanistan.
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