For some reason, I am reminded of Eric Schmidt's dictum.
You know, the one that went something like: "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."
It comes to mind because someone whose motivations seem slightly troubling has taken it upon himself to be the Julian Assange of porn.
For there now exists a site called PornWikiLeaks, on which, as you might be able to imagine, certain intimate details of porn stars are displayed for all to see.
The site doesn't display diplomatic messages from one porn star to another. Instead, it attempts to offer a comprehensive revelation of who these stars really are.
Some of you might be familiar with many of the more famous brands in porn: stars like Sasha Grey, who has stretched her abilities beyond matters of the skin into fine mainstream works of art such as "The Girlfriend Experience" and "Entourage."
However, many of those who earn an often meager income from their carnal knowledge don't really want their neighbors to know what they do to pay the rent. Moreover, some have left the industry in order to become elementary school teachers or accountants.
So one can only imagine that when PornWikiLeaks reveals not merely their real name, but also address, pictures of their family, and phone numbers, they might just be a little upset.
Which might make some wonder why someone would choose to do this. The Daily Beast offered an interview with the man who claims to be behind the site.
His motivations seem, at best, to be twisted beyond repair. For example, he told the Beast he did it to "get the gays out of straight porn and illegal gay pimps that have ruined porn and shut it down making condoms mandatory by the government now."
The site itself also reflects this ranting, hateful lexicon. Even though its mission statement seems remarkably similar to that of Julian Assange and friends.
There is also a suggestion that it is the creator's intention to reveal the STD status of every single porn star, although this hasn't actually happened yet.
But where did PornWikiLeaks get this information? At least some of the leaked data may have come from a database at AIM Medical Associates, a company that routinely tests porn stars for STDs.
AIM told NBC Los Angeles that it is investigating. However, PornWikiLeaks has been going since December, so the investigation might simply be related to the sudden publicity the site is enjoying.
Still, AIM believes it has been violated just as much as the U.S. government. Its spokeswoman, Jennifer Miller, told the Beast: "I can't stress enough, we're victims of a crime. Just like the Pentagon and the FBI, we have been victimized and hacked. We are investigating and we will press all charges."
The porn industry is undergoing considerable changes, especially with the huge proliferation of free online porn. Will the existence of PornWikiLeaks make some think twice about their chosen means of making money?
Or is the expectation now entirely reasonable that anything you do, anywhere, at any time could--at any moment--be revealed online for all the world to see, know, and, of course, judge?