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TEDTuesday: Topical ideas worth spreading for the week of 7/26

July 27th, 2010 Comments off

So I hadn’t intended to post any lectures, TED or not, today, but the leak of more than 90,000 documents (at least some of which were classified) relating to American operations in Afghanistan and intelligence relating to Pakistan, the Taliban and the Afghan government at least made this particular lecture topical.

I will note that don’t have an opinion with respect to whether WikiLeaks’ existence is a positive or negative thing and whether the site’s leaks are a net positive or negative for both America’s governmental actions and national security.  I’ve not thought enough on the topic to have an informed opinion.

Most certainly, WikiLeaks has been structured in a very conscientious manner, taking great care to cover their sources.  And they do take legitimate measures to ensure validity of materials.  But should everything be leaked just because it can be — noting, however, that they are quite clear in that they don’t publish everything they get?  On that, I’m not certain.

Here is WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange in a conversation discussing the site just earlier this month at TEDGlobal 2010.