Information Age Paranoia

Further signs of paranoia about Information Age risks emerged over the last week. The first was a ban imposed by the Province of Ontario on access by officials to the social networking site Facebook. The second was a hint by the Head of the US National-Geospatial Agency about possible curbs on access to commercial satellite imagery to prevent its exploitation.

Of course it’s right for organizations to seek to mitigate any identified risks. But holding back the inevitable advance of social networking and information availability is not the answer. As I’ve said before, we need to embrace the risks associated with the Information Age and find new solutions that are more aligned with its strengths, structure and characteristics. We can’t uninvent digital networks. They’re here for good and will continue to break down traditional barriers to information flows. Knowledge no longer resides in controlled cubby-holes. We have to accept the harsh consequences associated with this new freedom.

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