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Why the Ashley Madison hack could pose a national security risk, by Jake Chapman, VentureBeat

Why the Ashley Madison hack could pose a national security risk VentureBeat Security by Jake Chapman Sazze Partners


Recently, in response to the online privacy discussion, there has been a small but growing minority calling for openness and a post-embarrassment world. This burgeoning movement towards radical transparency is largely motivated by progressive sex-positive attitudes and a pragmatic understanding of how the Internet works. While I think both are reasonable bases for pushing for a more transparent world with less shame, the more compelling reason to “let it all hang out” is national security. If everyone’s porn preferences were known today, would anyone care six months from now? We have a cultural weakness exposed by modern technology and only a cultural solution can fix it. Is embracing a blasé attitude towards the personal lives of others something we can do overnight? Of course not, but plenty of other western nations, particularly France, have a much more open mind about the sorts of things that here in the U.S. are fodder for blackmail.

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As a security professional, this has been exactly my point: The best way to prevent embarrassment is to not be embarrassed.  Own it, whatever it is.  Defend it and share.  In the age of constant over-sharing by younger generations and the young of all ages, and the resulting acceptance and awareness of the harmlessness and even benefit of variability, all of this now old-fashioned worry about "what will they think?" is frequently obsolete.  I know of plenty of cases where people, still constrained by what they think they were taught or the way they think their family or friends think, are shocked by the progressiveness of their elders.  Everyone is evolving along with society, albeit at different rates.  What is acceptable, reasonable, customary, and no longer shocking is much more broad than it used to be, which, in almost all cases, is a good thing.

Put another way, don't do anything you'd be unhappy being publicized. 

No, not really, at least not things that you want to do for some reason.  That allows your fear to restrict your freedom to do what you might otherwise want to do.  The blackmailers and scammers will have already won without even trying.  It is a little simpler: Don't be unhappy about anything being publicized.  We've been moving in the direction of destigmatizing most of the things that people commonly do: get drunk in college and other mistakes of excess, having various kinds of sex, etc.

Okay then we go back to your original premise: Whatever you do, own who you are.

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