Unfortunately, atsec has been accused of distributing fake news.
Here at atsec we take such an accusation seriously. We have performed a thorough internal investigation and have determined that the accusation is true. atsec has been guilty of disseminating fake news on an annual basis for the last fifteen years.
We have followed our internal ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 27001 conformant procedures, and determined a root cause of the issue.
- This issue is traditional and widespread. The production of fake news on an annual basis can be traced back as far as 1392, when the first identified written documentation of an annual fake news article was recorded by a Mr. Geoffrey Chaucer.
- Further research has shown that the practice can be traced back to the Roman and Ancient Greek eras. These civilizations celebrated The Hilaria around the time of the March equinox and this included abstinence form eating pomegranates during this time.
- Considering atsec’s diversity we identified that the Italians, Germans, Swedes, French, Latvians, Indians, Chinese, Polish, Vietnamese, British, Mexicans, and Argentinians are all taught at an early age the art of providing fake news on an annual basis.
As additional input, we note that:
- atsec China since last year is subject to local restrictions on this matter, however this practice has been widespread in China in the past.
- Germany is considering legislating on this practice .
In consideration of this the following improvements and additional controls are being implemented within atsec and will be strictly enforced.
- atsec management team will assess the merits of introducing a policy in regard to the production of fake news during the Spring equinox period. Possibly implementing a “no fake-news” policy, enhancing our current internal policies for fake news review.
- atsec staff will develop a system to be named the Public Kidding Infrastructure (PKI), which will be based upon defining the roles, policies and procedures needed to help recipients of news determine the integrity index of the news that they are subject to. Information sources will be identified and authorized as part of a trust relationship. In particular, atsec staff will consider the use of blockchain based kidding.
- atsec proposes and requests support from all atsec associates in defining an internationally agreed fake-news emoji that can be implemented on a wide variety of platforms. As an interim measure, atsec propose the use of Emoji U+1F925 be reserved for this context: