Classified Information in a 2.0 World

A very interesting article today from Secrecy News:

There is practically a universal consensus that the national security classification system has become dysfunctional and counterproductive.  “Ninety-five percent of what we do shouldn’t be classified at all, or it should be a much lower level of classification,” Ms. Dempsey said.  “We’re lazy about classification.  We call things secret that are not secret.  It hampers our ability to be effective as a community.  It costs the country billions of unnecessary dollars, and it doesn’t provide us one additional capability.  We’re our own worst enemy in that regard.” [emphasis mine]

For those who do not wish to read the articles, Ms. Dempsey is Joan Dempsey, formerly a senior Pentagon intelligence official, a Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, and executive director of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and now a vice president at Booz Allen and Hamilton.

The whole concept of classification will be under fire as the world moves from a “need to know” to a “need to share” mentality.  See generally the work behind Intellipedia and other 2.0 adoptions of information conceptions.  To be fair, Intellipedia has received some criticism lately.

What will the practical outcome of these debates be?  Well, we may never know….


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