[ExI] yet another ethical dilemma

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 4 22:17:01 UTC 2013

On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:

> Do I tell my black cousin?
> Or do I go to my grave with that information?
> Or do I give the name of my G^3grandmother and let her discover this
> shameful history on her own?

I don't think history has any particular morality.

What is your current policy on sharing knowledge?  You did say that you
wish you could unknow this information, but since we'll assume willful
destruction of information is antithetical to life- (and identity)
preservation, you are unable to do so.

I think this is an interesting question.  We have record-retention policies
that certain documents must be available upon request for a minimum amount
of time but we don't really much experience with records that must NOT be
available after a duration of access.  Yes, we're starting to wise-up about
getting rid of evidence before it is requested, maybe that sets some
precedence.  In this case though, you've recovered information from the
past.  Is there some value to the present? Is it your responsibility to
protect the future from whatever harm may come from sharing this knowledge?
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