Glyn Moody on transparency

We need to distinguish clearly between the reasonable approach adopted by the UK government, say, with its ambitious but relatively controlled release of non-personal data, and the no-holds-barred transparency of campaigning Web sites like Wikileaks, whether you regard the latter as a good or bad thing. If we don’t fight that dangerous conflation, then, when the establishment counter-attack on Wikileaks begins in earnest, we may find the cause of open data and open government become yet more collateral damage, if not quite collateral murder.

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