Data and the Domain of We

I noticed someone say Bruce Schneier is a celebrity, at least the closest thing to a celebrity that the security sector will ever find. His scholarship and clarity is profound. For example, his writing is the go-to source to explain airport conundrum to ourselves. Or to lead us along the way between freedom and repression. Or to save us from outright foolishness.

Data is the pollution of the information age. It’s a natural byproduct of every computer-mediated interaction. It stays around forever, unless it’s disposed of. It is valuable when reused, but it must be done carefully. Otherwise, its after effects are toxic.

And just as 100 years ago people ignored pollution in our rush to build the Industrial Age, today we’re ignoring data in our rush to build the Information Age.

Do put Schneier on Security in your roll.