The recent Wikileaks / US cables saga, and the previous Iraq leaks saga, illustrate very neatly the problems ahead as we struggle to come to terms with the social media revolution. We are in a place where the world is changing, but we have yet to develop the rules and processes we need to adapt to this new world.
This new world is the world of greater transparency, where almost everything must be considered to exist in the public domain. Like it or not, this world is not going to go away; it follows inevitably from the fact that information cannot now be locked up and contained within institutionalised channels. The ability to publish information is now, as Clay Shirky says, “global, social, ubiquitous and cheap”. Continue reading →