Thing is, yesterday I posted about the humor I observed in litigation response, but I wasn't laughing that heartily, believe me. I didn't have enough time to flesh out the greater point, but for those who've seen the movie, you know what I'm talking about. For those who haven't, I suggest you do – and not the 2008 remake. As the team comes together, you'll see everything we see in real-life litigation; mistrust, disorganization, hidden personal weaknesses, incomplete planning/testing, secret and diverging agendas, hubris, the works.
My favorite is how a small slip of paper almost results in a nuclear catastrophe!
As I learned in my early days, it's not enough to point out risks; it must be accompanied by a proposed plan to address those risks. The federal government (specifically, the Commerce Department's Internet Policy Task Force) is taking a shot at it with this report (warning – link opens 88-page pdf) calling for the creation of a so-called "Privacy Bill of Rights".
Obviously, the easiest thing to do is criticize, but as I've said before, you can't fault people for trying. At the very least, this opens a dialogue. But if I were to make some cursory observations, I'd point out – as some of you would also – that an individual's position on their personal right to privacy may not necessarily be best represented by Procter & Gamble, Walmart or AT&T (three of the panelists and/or respondents).
Looking at the list of entities involved in the symposium, I'd certainly be on the lookout for mistrust, disorganization, hidden personal weaknesses, potentially incomplete planning/testing, secret and diverging agendas, hubris, the works.
Ain't that a pill!!!