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The Banality of Systemic Evil
A good illustration of this phenomenon appears in “Moral Mazes,” a book by the sociologist Robert Jackall that explored the ethics of decision making within several corporate bureaucracies. In it, Jackall made several observations that dovetailed with those of Arendt. The mid-level managers that he spoke with were not “evil” people in their everyday lives, but in the context of their jobs, they had a separate moral code altogether, what Jackall calls the “fundamental rules of corporate life”:

(1) You never go around your boss. (2) You tell your boss what he wants to hear, even when your boss claims that he wants dissenting views. (3) If your boss wants something dropped, you drop it. (4) You are sensitive to your boss’s wishes so that you anticipate what he wants; you don’t force him, in other words, to act as a boss. (5) Your job is not to report something that your boss does not want reported, but rather to cover it up. You do your job and you keep your mouth shut.
philosophy  wikileaks  whistleblowing  2013  ethics  work 
september 2013 by jju
Fukushima nuclear plant owner falsified inspection records
In 2007, TEPCO ran into trouble again after misinforming government officials about breakdowns at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, which had been damaged after a magnitude 6.8 quake. In a cable released by WikiLeaks, a US official said: “TEPCO issued a corrected statement on July 18 in which it admitted it miscalculated the amount of radiation leakage.”

WikiLeaks cables also reveal that Japan was warned in 2009 that its power plants could not withstand powerful earthquakes.
wikileaks  japan  earthquake  nuclear  accident  tepco  2011 
march 2011 by jju
(Secret) US cables reveal: ACTA was far too secret
US government cables published by WikiLeaks show us that it wasn't just "the usual blogger-circles" (as the US Embassy in Sweden called them) complaining about the secrecy of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
wikileaks  acta  secrecy  piracy  counterfeiting  international  trade  politics  usa 
february 2011 by jju
Julian Assange proves some information is still worth paying for
The “radical transparency” practised by WikiLeaks has made it much more difficult for governments, corporations or anyone else to keep secrets. But for all the walls he has torn down, Mr. Assange’s new contract proves that some information is still worth paying for. Putting his autobiography in book format, whether printed or electronic – and charging admission to read it – is an obvious recognition of this fact. So why are books still relevant in a WikiLeaks world?

The release of hundreds of thousands of U.S. embassy cables through WikiLeaks has provided an incredibly detailed look at the inner workings of the U.S. diplomacy. But such a massive dump of information without context is entirely meaningless. Information requires order. Books – in whatever format readers prefer – serve the valuable purpose of sorting through large swaths of information, retrieving what is relevant and putting it in manageable form. This is a need that transcends technology. And it is because of this that readers will be prepared to pay to read Mr. Assange’s book, even if the raw material exists for free on the Internet.
books  wikileaks  julianassange  contract  publishing 
january 2011 by jju

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