The recent hacking of Sony's digital infrastructure is a harsh reminder of the brave new world that we live in. This criminal breach brings to light a number of issues that all of us must face on a daily basis in our business and personal lives.
A few come to mind:
When does freedom of speech go too far? Can anyone make a movie about anything?
Does the media have the right or responsibility to make available to the public stolen proprietary emails from a private business or entity?
Should Americans be intimidated by cyber terrorists?
Are your personal emails really secure?
I will give my opinion on the first two questions and comment on the last two next week.
When we live in a free society, where freedom of speech is a right we can, and should be tolerant, but yes sometimes we can go too far.
Some of my colleagues may disagree with me, but I do believe that there are instances when stolen emails should remain private when it's not in the public interest. The questions is: who determines what's in the public interest?
I'll see you next week with my opinion on questions 3 & 4.