Når man ikke forstår de mekanismer som driver værket har man med at overreagerer - man må hellere være på den sikre side ... Omvendt er en overreaktion noget som rammer alle og som dermed kan skade endnu mere end det gavner ... I begyndelsen var der ikke ret mange som kunne se hvad Internettet kunne føre til og gældende forretningsmodeller gik bananas - idag er det den fælles information som for hovedparten er et gode, men som vil være uanset hvordan vi vender og drejer det også et onde. Hvad er det man vil med informationen? Det vil ingen nogensinde kunne styre og kontrollere ... uanset hvad ...
When you don't understand how things work you tend to overreact - better be save than sorry ... On the other hand an overreaction will hit all and probably harm more than it helps ... In the begining not many understand the power of the Internet and business models back then went bananas - today information is most good for all and very little is harmful. Information is on the other hand not harmful in it self it is what you do with it that becomes harmful. And what information is being used for no one will never be able to control ... no matter what ...
The Geospatial Industry needs to get serious about information security. There have been countless news stories in recent weeks and months about the “security risk” represented by the ubiquitous availability of geospatial data. We must take a proactive role in educating the public and policy makers about the issues surrounding Geospatial Information Security (GeoInfoSec).
One of the most recent and ridiculous examples of GeoInfoSec paranoia is the bill introduced to California legislature by some crackpot insisting that government buildings, schools and churches be blurred by publicly available imagery providers. There was also a great amount of angst in the press about the fact that the Mubai terrorists had better geospatial intelligence about their targets than the security forces did that were protecting them. There was even some movement after the attacks to restrict the use of GPS devices and to make the act of mapping a criminal activity. In China recently several scientists were temporarily jailed for mapping geology.
This knee jerk reaction to limiting the availability to any geospatial data is amazing to me. It would be tantamount to closing all optometrists for fear that someone might inadvertently give eye glasses to some terrorist. Most of us in the industry when we read these articles just roll our eyes, chuckle to ourselves and get back to work. We must do more. We must do much more. [...]
Read more: http://spatialexplorations.net/2009/03/06/getting-serious-about-gis-information-security/