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What you see is not all of what you get

Salon has a report by a political scientist who, in his searches through the Coalition Provisional Authority's Consolidated Weekly Reports, found all sorts of additional information buried in the documents. Turns out the CPA wasn't keeping close enough of an eye on the Microsoft Word's track changes capability.

"Presumably, staffers at the CPA's Information Management Unit, which produced the weekly reports, were cutting and pasting large sections of text into the reports and then eliminating all but the few short passages they needed. Much of the material they were cribbing seems to have come from the kind of sensitive, security-related documents that were never meant to be available to the public," author Pete Moore wrote.

Not to belabor the point, but there are tools and techniques to combat this problem. Do take a look at these before your agency is the next to get caught with its data showing. --Posted by Joab Jackson

Posted by Joab Jackson on May 18, 2007 at 9:39 AM


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