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Suffice it to say that information, in information economy, has value we used to assign to precious metals or gemstones. When things have value, they are susceptible to theft, graft, bribes and criminal abuses by bad guys. Information is golden and precious. We need to define a new type of "Fort Knox" for information sources. Security, encryption and permission levels to access distribute, store and manage all types of information that exists in millions of databases that could all be easily merged.
I was told today of a web site that exists allowing you to send snail mail to someone by entering their email address in a web form. DoubleClick was thoroughly reamed for publicly announcing their intention to merge online and offline databases for exactly that ability, yet other companies are operating quietly without public outcry. Because they are doing it without telling us.
"I know what you did last night" may soon be a wonderful and welcome comment if it comes from your milk carton. Let's just keep that information in family of inanimate objects and out of hands of government, criminals, telemarketers and unsavory data warehousing software developers.
A recent privacy uproar concerns public posting of ICQ logs from PC of a web company CEO concerning internal private discussions over instant messaging service.
In this case it was someone having access to same PC that led to security breach, but it has fired discussions about how instant messaging text is served and how and where it is stored and who has access to those logs, how they might be accessed externally and by whom and if they are encrypted.
This is un-nerving side of ease of access to information but there are also some seriously funny thoughts on privacy:
The link above will take you to a hilarious article describing a "continuous series of detachable, 480x480-pixel square displays, complete with Bluetooth wireless communications!"
This "display" innovation may get more personal than you think since it comes as newest version of "Free Toilet Paper with Banner Ads".
Talk about getting personal with privacy issues!
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