Eric Schmidt: Teens’ Mistakes Will Never Go Away

An anonymous reader writes “Speaking at the Hay Festival in the U.K. this weekend, Google’s Eric Schmidt spoke about the permanence of your online presence, and how that will affect kids growing up in an online world. ‘We have never had a generation with a full photographic, digital record of what they did. We have a point at which we [Google] forget information we know about you because it is the right thing to do.’ He makes the point that a lot of respectable, upstanding adults today had dubious incidents as kids and teenagers. They were able to grow up and move past those events, and society eventually forgot ? but today, every notable misdeed is just a Google search away. CNET’s coverage points out that ‘mistakes’ can often be events that put somebody’s life on track. ‘A word or an act can seem like a mistake when it happens ? and even shortly afterward. In years to come, though, you might look back on it and see that, though it created friction and even hurt at the time, it served a higher and more character-forming purpose in the long run.’ Of course, it’s also true that some mistakes a simply indicators that somebody’s a schmuck.” Schmidt also made an interesting comment in an interview with The Telegraph while he was in the U.K. He said, “You have to fight for your privacy, or you will lose it.” This is quite different from his infamous 2009 remark: “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

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Wikileaks Documentary Attacks Assange, Excuses Manning [source]



Julian Assange is a villain, Bradley Manning is a hero: That is the message of We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, a new documentary now showing in theaters nationwide.

We Steal Secrets opens with the story of “WANK,” a prank-worm that hit NASA in 1989. It did no damage and was unrelated to Wikileaks — though the film infers it was tied to a group of Australian hackers of which Assange was a part. The WANK sequence serves the role of Star Trek‘s constantly dying, red shirt-clad ensigns: establishing something is dangerous (in this case, computer hackers).

The film then moves into telling the story of Wikileaks with a focus on Assange, its founder and editor. At first, Assange is cast as a brilliant but rebellious programmer, while Wikileaks is shown as the collaborative effort of like-minded souls — though with Assange firmly at the helm Read more…

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