JUST in case you missed it, the US Senate recently triggered a limited-scope FBI investigation into the background of a judge nominated for a seat on the US Supreme Court — an investigation itself inspired by the testimony by a woman who claimed that as a teenager, she had been a victim of a drunken sexual assault carried out by by that judge and another accomplice.
These serious allegations demanded further investigation. In his defense, the judge produced a calendar of historical events over that summer, offered to clear his name and his path to the Supreme Court.
By the time you read this article, the outcome of that investigation may have already been decided and his fate sealed, but what is interesting from an ICT perspective, is the credibility of the judge and the strength of the supporting information presented — in his case, a printed sheet describing whereabouts during that fateful summer.
For older persons of the pre-internet generation, the presentation of an old-school calendar to aid in one’s defense is understandable. What about the more trendy youthful generation of today?
Imagine if you were likewise to recall some early events to assist in your own defense, what might you be able to unearth?
Nowadays, it is not uncommon for multiple cameras to be seen filming events of interest, sometimes even the meals about to be eaten, to be shared with others unseen.
A more sobering thought, though, is that anyone hoping to be screened for high-profile jobs may have to reply on old footage or recordings to establish their whereabouts.
Further, that the boisterous events of our own youth, if captured on candid camera —as is the new norm — may allow reputations to be secured or hopes to be dashed.
One of the lessons to be learnt, therefore, is not only the need to behave in a proper manner as much as possible, but also the power that information may play in coming to our defense.
What we record and how we share it, may prove to be crucial.
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About the Author
Dr.Lyndell St. Ville is an ICT Consultant based in Saint Lucia. His expertise includes systems analysis, design, and capacity building.