RE: Meritocracies and freedom of information

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Sat Oct 13 2001 - 15:53:56 MDT

Robert J. Bradbury wrote,
> I don't think one should entirely restrict access to information.
> I do think a lot more thought needs to be devoted to determining
> that it is indeed going to be utilized responsibly.

This is a big question now, especially in the security fields. Should we
reveal known vulnerabilities, or should we keep them secret? I don't know
what I think about this. The main problem is that big companies almost
always refuse to fix security vulnerabilities until they become well-known
and the public demands a fix. They feel that security by obscurity is good
enough, and seek to keep their flaws secret so that they don't have to fix

Harvey Newstrom <>
Principal Security Consultant, Newstaff Inc. <>
Board of Directors, Extropy Institute <>
Cofounder, Pro-Act <>

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