Tuesday, 20 September 2011

The Revolution Will Be Digitised - FT.com

Few would challenge the idea that we live in a new era in human history, one in which more people have more access to more information, and more quickly, than ever before. The deluge includes that which is licit as well as illicit.

Parliamentary debates, United Nations resolutions and court decisions that would have taken weeks of diligent research to find are now available at the touch of a keypad. Once leaked, secret diplomatic cables, confidential legal opinions and dark records of rendition and torture are instantly readable in the raw.

The implications are significant, for governmental deliberations, international negotiations and private transactions, for privacy and freedom of expression, for justice and security.


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