Transparency

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Transparency refers to the idea that social and political processes should be both visible and accountable, in order to minimize error. It is one of the mechanisms whereby public error correction can take place.

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  • Transparency is a policy which allows and encourages public error correction
  • Transparency is one of the key ideas of modernism.
  • CITOKATE (Criticism Is The Only Known Antidote To Error) is an acronymic expression of the basic idea of transparency
  • Security techniques can be more transparent and hence less of a threat to civil liberty if they are bi-directional, i.e. when the targets of surveillance are permitted access to the same surveillance tools and records.
    • The "looking back" (or "watching the watchers") part of this concept is called sousveillance.

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  • The software development maxim "many eyeballs make all bugs shallow" (Linus's law) is essentially applying transparency to the field of software development.
  • The Open Business Model is an application of transparency to the business world.

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  • FreeNet: free anonymized distributed network within the internet; requires app installation (runs on Java)
  • WikiLeaks: a site for principled document leaking and analysis.
    • 2007-11-14 Sensitive Guantánamo Bay Manual Leaked Through Wiki Site: "The disclosure highlights the internet's usefulness to whistle-blowers in anonymously propagating documents the government and others would rather conceal. The Pentagon has been resisting -- since October 2003 -- a Freedom of Information Act request from the American Civil Liberties Union seeking the very same document."
    • 2007-01-11 was still under construction: "We have received over 1.1 million documents so far."
      • discussion: slashdot (there appears to be some genuine concern that the site is mostly a scam to attract investment capital)
  • Witness: "international human rights organization that provides training and support to local groups to use video in their human rights advocacy campaigns."

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