Posted by an Honored Guest
It is our distinct pleasure to introduce a guest column today by philosopher, technologist, commentator and blogger, David Weinberger, Ph.D Co-author of the Cluetrain Manifesto, Dr. Weinberger is currently serving as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. He is one of the world's leading experts on how the Internet is changing human relationships, communication, and society. Here Dr. Weinberger clarifies Internet transparency and dispels the myth that it's an absolute.
Transparency and Shadows
Transparency sounds like fairness. You can't be against fairness. All you can do is argue over what's fair and what isn't. Fairness is like motherhood only better, because you can argue against motherhood, as every junior high girl who's taken a sex ed class knows first-hand.
But transparency isn't like fairness. There are times when we shouldn't be transparent. And, unlike fairness, transparency is never enough to justify behavior: Transparent Hitler is still Hitler.
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