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From Wikileaks to Wall Street malfeasance to government regulation, we are seeing the ramifications of moving from a paper age to an electronic age. While U.S. companies, particularly small ones, await Congress's decision on extending tax cuts (and thus planning how to run their businesses for the year starting a month from now), Congress last Wednesday was spending its time passing a bill regulating how loud commercials can be on television. What an unbelievable show of improper priorities -- truly a focus on the behavior of electrons when we need substantive decisions.

Wikileaks could not have happened in the paper age. Wall Street could certainly misbehave in the paper age, but not to the extent its players can when they are throwing electrons through cyberspace. When information traveled on paper, paper acted as a shock absorber, slowing the process of spewing information randomly around the globe. We have lost that.

Of course, we are not going backwards, indeed we (I at least) don't want to go backwards. The question, however, is this: can the rapidly disappearing knowledge of those who managed a paper based economy be used to provide a path to moderate the accelerated movement of information in today's age in cases where it is appropriate to build in some decision making or security aspects?

I know this is a tall order, and a long leap from paper to electrons. But there may be an opportunity to be a service to humankind here. Is anyone qualified and up to the challenge?

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