"The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops."— Internet visionary/Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow, via Twitter
WikiLeaks may be coming soon to your place of business, or even to your own personal information files. Are you ready? The WikiLeaks story of radical transparency and harsh official response is not going away, no matter how much governments and internet service providers wish it would. And that has implications for all kinds of companies, and all kinds of users, inside the enterprise and out. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has promised to spread his publishing campaign beyond the world of diplomacy to banks and other entities. Whether or not Assange, now under arrest in Britain and a hated man the world around, is the one to exploit data insecurity, it seems likely that others will pick up his mantle and continue to do so — and also that government actions to stop them could have serious consequences for free speech and a free press. The quotes in this slideshow represent a range of opinion, news, and analysis, all of which should inform enterprise strategy on data security and openness. Follow the links (they're live in the caption boxes beside each slide) and be prepared.
Ed Cone has worked as a contributing editor at Wired, a staff writer at Forbes, a senior writer for Ziff Davis with Baseline and Interactive Week, and as a freelancer based in Paris and then North Carolina for a wide variety of magazines and papers including the International Herald Tribune, Texas Monthly, and Playboy. He writes an opinion column in his hometown paper, the Greensboro News & Record, and publishes the semi-popular EdCone.com weblog. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Lisa, two kids, and a dog.
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