When should information be public?

The events above happened on January 11th, but regardless of when they happened, I’m bummed to learn about stuff like this. On a base level, all we have are the facts in text, but it still doesn’t take away from the idea that there are certain self-proclaimed elite bodies of authority out there (government bodies, government-funded academic institutions, etc) that withhold certain information. I’m not talking about all information. If some information’s private because the author wants it to be his own, that’s fine, but there’s other information that no one can really claim – basically information that pertains to everyone. Intellectual property rights I can understand. If an author creates something, that information, as far as I’m concerned, is hers/his and he/she can do whatever they want with it (let others see it, or niggardly keep it hidden). But withholding information that no one has created, that’s just out there in the world for anyone to look at and absorb, is an act of greed, and part of a larger strategy to divide for the purpose of status. Stories like Aaron’s below reinforce the idea that information that is inherently public, should not be shackled and given only to those eyes who first claim power over it. It’s the bravery of people like Aaron (*sounds like a harmless act to me) that merit my commendation.


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