There is a Time and Place for Cencorship
Whenever anybody says anything in absolutes when it comes to public policy I'm a little freaked out, but especially when it comes to censorship.
Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet, is best known as the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online campaign for the presidency in 2008. After leaving Blue State, Johnson was the director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built an army of 2000 developers and designers to build open source tools to give people greater access to government data. He was awarded the Google/O’Reilly Open Source Organizer of the year in 2009, was one of Federal Computing Week’s Fed 100 in 2010, and won the CampaignTech Innovator award in 2011.
Johnson’s combination of experience as a developer, working in politics, entrepreneurism, and non-profit work gives him a unique perspective on media and culture. His life is dedicated to giving people greater access to the truth about what’s going on in their communities, their cities and their governments. He still claims that he learned all he needs to know from a two year tour as the late-shift waiter at Waffle House in Atlanta, GA.
I do think that there is a reason for censorship. Censorship and privacy are pretty related and there is a thin line between the two things.
First off and second off lives are at stake a lot of times with our national security information, so whenever anybody says anything in absolutes when it comes to public policy I'm a little freaked out, but especially when it comes to censorship.
We should make sure that our troops are safe and that we’re not risking any lives for people who are following orders and have families here in the United States. Of course we should protect those people if their lives are at risk.
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