As CEO Mark Hurd gets ready for a press conference this afternoon and has agreed to testify before Congress next week, there has been a great deal of coverage of the methods that Hewlett-Packard used to trace information leaks. One result of the discovery of how the leaks were traced has been the announced resignation of HP's board chair Patricia Dunn come January.
Yesterday, I spoke with Robin Young, host of NPR's "Here and Now" program about the issue. The segment of the show can be heard by going to http://www.here-now.org/shows/2006/09/20060921.asp and clicking on "Listen" under the "HP Leaks" story description.
All I can say is.....Technology has caused a great deal of headaches. Sometimes I think we need to take a long look at the way it is used! Frankly, I think technology is going to be the thing that ends this world.
As for Hewlett-Packard's leaks, I am not sure what to say!
What strikes me most about this event-- and I do not delude myself that I have an accurate notion of what happened, given the state of the media and the number of issues of world import I do try to be in formed in, of which this is NOT one--is the "scorched earth" vociferous quality of the attempt to stop the "leaks."
What was actually at stake with these "leaks"? What did the instigator of these "cloak and dagger" tactics THINK was at stake?
Not to oversimplify this, but it smacks of bruised egos. More like a high profile divorce between people who have a great deal invested in their public image-- than it does of a business decision.
And like most decisions/actions fueled by so much "negative" energy (or of you prefer, blind fear), it produced what was most feared. Public humiliation and censure.
see, e.g. Nixon, Clinton, et al. the denials and attemtps to hide the errors did them in, each and all.
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