“Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.” –Lord Acton
I waited a week before I decided to write about today’s topic. The idea that I read so many online industry trade publications and have not read a word of this astounds me. The source was not some “conspiracy site” but The Legal Times Blog. The article was short and I encourage all to click on the link to read it.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed suit to get the government to tell us what deals Google has made with the NSA on the information they are collecting on us. The government is saying it is really none of our business.
I have written extensively about the collusion between government and corporate data hoarders. I need not go into that here. The real point of taking to the keyboard is to chastise our industry trades. Amidst all the privacy talk, how much has focused on the unholy alliance between Google and government agencies?
If I am kind, I will say, “not enough”. But if we are honest, we can come up with a raft of epithets that come closer to the mark. I accuse our industry trades of malignant neglect. The privacy debate is incomplete without placing collusion between “Big Data” and government agencies.
And when there are rare instances that the topic arises, some “enterprising” mouthpiece for “Big Data” will attack by labeling the whistleblower a “conspiracy, tin-foil hat aficionado”. I have personally brought this issue up in two high profile industry discussion groups. The groups are filled with self-described industry leaders.
With the exception of a few people, the issue did not animate members. I guess it was not made important by the trade publications. The trades exist to tell us what is important and the collusion between “Big Data” and the NSA did not grace our trade headlines. Are the trades tools of these unholy alliances? Not sure. One would need to analyze who does the bulk of the advertising within the trade publications.
Maybe the industry trades are not tools, but fools.
So often I have felt like Brando in the Wild One. When asked, “What are you protesting?” He answered, “What have you got?” I don’t write as much as I used to. I am tired. It sure would be grand to see a few more younger people in our online industry pick up the torch and light up our industry.