Thursday, February 10, 2011

Heed the lessons

While some might question the journalistic legitimacy of Al Jazeera anyway, they are now “leaking” documents of the peace process between Israel and Palestinian Arabs. One could argue that they are engaged in partisan politics to undermine the Palestinian authority in much the same way that Wikileaks did when they disclosed that Arab governments worried about a nuclear Iran as much as the west. In any event, is information dumping now the way journalism will evolve or will real media outlets take the higher road to responsible journalism? But that’s not really what I wanted to tell you. What I wanted to remind you is that more information fits into smaller places making taking it that much easier. So when trying to protect your corporate secrets, better heed the lessons of leaks and dumps — manage information like it’s an asset and expect that others want your assets.

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