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EVP Sales of MindTouch. Mark has advised many start ups including a social networking site that was sold to Barry Diller's IAC.  Before joining MindTouch, Mark led global sales efforts as an Executive Vice President for a publicly traded company, headed sales efforts for a technology division of AT Kearney and EDS, and served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a Singapore based corporation. Mark blogs at Seek Omega

2 responses to “10 Questions to Ask Technical Communicators Delusional Enough to Believe They Don’t Need to be on Twitter”

  1. Mike Starr

    Other than items 8 and 9, there’s really no technical communication application; they’re all pretty much marketing/public relations. Now admittedly many of us technical writers want to be the corporate communication czar but this list just doesn’t work as justification for using Twitter as a technical writer.

    However, I *do* think that Twitter is useful and more than likely even important to technical writers… just not for the reasons given.

  2. chandrashekara

    PUBLIUS
    Although many people believe that the World Wide Web is anonymous and secure from censorship, the reality is very different. Governments, law courts, and other officials who want to censor, examine, or trace a file of materials on the Web need merely go to the server (the online computer) where they think the file is stored. Using their subpoena power, they can comb through the server’s drives to find the files they are looking for and the identify of the person who created the files.
    On Friday June 30, 2000, however, researches at AT & T Labs announced the creation of Publius, a software program that enables Web users to encrypt (translate into a secret code) their files – text, pictures, or music – break them up like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, and store the encrypted pieces on many different servers scattered all over the globe on the World Wide Web. As a result, any one wanting to examine or censor the files or wanting to trace the original transaction that produced the file would find it impossible to succeed because they would have to examine the contents of dozens of different servers all over the world, and the files in the servers would be encrypted and fragmented in a way that would make the pieces impossible to identify without the help of the person who created the file. A person authorized to retrieve the file, however, would look through a directory of his files posted on a Publius – affiliated website, and the Publius network would reassemble the file for him at his request. Researchers published a description of Publius at http://www.cs.nyu.edu/waldman/publius.

    Although many people welcomed the way that the new software would enhance freedom of speech on the Web, many others were dismayed. Bruce Taylor, an antipornography activist for the National Law Center for Children and Families, stated : “It’s nice to be anonymous, but who wants to be more anonymous than criminals, terrorists, child molesters, child pornographers, hackers and e-mail virus punks.” Aviel Rubin and Lorrie Cranor, the creators of Publius, however, hoped that their program would help people in countries where freedom of speech was repressed and individuals were punished for speaking out. The ideal user of Publius, they stated, was “a person in China observing abuses of human rights on a day – to – day basis.”
    Questions :
    1. Analyze the ethics of marketing Publius using utilitarianism, rights, justice, and caring. In your judgement, is it ethical to market Publius ? Explain.
    2. Are the creators of Publius in any way morally responsible for any criminal acts that criminals are able to carry out and keep secret by relying on Publius ? Is AT & T in any way morally responsible for these ? Explain your answers.
    3. In your judgment, should governments allow the implementation of Publius ? Why or why not ?