January 25, 2011
I was recently pointed towards The e-Disclosure Information Project (EDIP), an organization sponsored by several relevant companies like Legal Inc and Symantec, whose aim seems to be to investigate this growing entity in hopes of developing rules and practical technology solutions. Originating in the UK, the scope of this project widened as other countries including the US quickly jumped on the bandwagon.
e-Disclosure brings us as a global society to a new juncture. I must admit I find it slightly unsettling that this great age of internet services brings with it such a Big Brotheresque side effect. Consider that anything emailed, texted, IM’ed, etc in the last ten years is likely stored on a tape somewhere, waiting to be called into evidence should the circumstances arise. As an avid fan and user of these technologies, I guess I should have realized that eventually every click of a “send” button would be tantamount to etching in stone.
That being said, this is why the EDIP is an important endeavor. Realizing the power that can be harnessed from the digital mountains of amassed data, the EDIP seems to be attempting to cut the negatives off at the pass based on the earnest project purposes listed on the website, namely to report, influence and educate. Situations such as these beg for rules and constraints, ideally before thousands of electronic pages are entered into court evidence and emails with off-hand remarks condemn a plaintiff to an awful fate over a small dose of sarcasm or a particularly bad day. It is for this reason that even Big Brother needs a Big Brother, the EDIP, to keep things on the up and up.
Sarah Rogers, January 25, 2011
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