Locksmithing And The Issue Of Transparency

Posted on November 1, 2010 by Jaece Hogue

The issue of public safety is an understandably important one in any context. Modern technology and modern conveniences have given people unprecedented access to all manner of information. Literally anything that you could ever possibly wish to know, you can in all likelihood find on the Internet. A simple connection is all that separates you from a literal world of knowledge. It gives one pause to think about that, but there is of course a downside to such a level of access. Of course information itself is just that: raw information. Knowing how a knife works can lead one to slice vegetables with it or assault somebody. The choice of how to use the information, for good or ill, presents a gray area. Should we have access to potentially harmful information? Or is it a bad idea to censor information that may be harmful if it has good applications; for instance, would you want to stop teaching people how knives work if they may realize that one could be used to hurt people?

The core of what people seek out, the raw data and raw information, is in and of itself essentially pure. Sure, we know that blades can be made super-sharp. We know that they can cause damage to any number of things, including people. But simply knowing that blades are sharp and are used for cutting gives us no inclination as to how we should use them. When you strip everything else away and get to the raw bits, there is no inclination towards either good or bad in this information. The bias comes in when people decide to twist the information to their will, either good or bad. Therefore, should this unprecedented access to all manner of information be considered a good thing? Should it be censored to protect the public?

Believe it or not, the issue of information access affects the locksmithing industry as much as it does the issue of public safety. Public security is at stake here. The issue boils down to a basic question: Should locksmithing methods, as well as the inner workings of high-security locks and the like, be divulged to the public? On one hand, you have an industry that maintains security in all they do, and who specialize in providing the means for security to their customers. The would not want this information to fall into the ‘wrong hands,’ those who would use it for ill. On the other hand there is a party who wishes to have access to this information for not only the curious but for educational purposes. Whatever you decide on this issue, know that the professionals at A-1 Locksmiths will serve the Dallas/Fort Worth area with integrity and honesty. They are available 24 hours a day at (972)-284-7500.

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