About a third or so of the way through EON, and it occured to me that:
1) given the imminent (or inevitable, depending on if you've read the book) outcome of things, I can't see it could've been any worse by having an 'open forum' of research and communication at all levels regarding the Stone.
2) though they had essentially limitless power and capability, the Stoners still had use for social power structures, etc.
From: Greg Bear
Quite true. EON was in part a commentary on Cold War politics--and could probably be compared with many another Cold War thriller, such as ICE STATION ZEBRA. If I were re-working it today, however, and had the current Russian regime and China trying to cooperate with the U.S. in exploring the Stone--I probably would only revise a few passages and settings! Stubborn self-destruction for the sake of one's tribe is a human constant, I'm afraid.