I like swords… and transparency. Transparency provides accountability, though it’s effects will challenge us to rethink a lot of our “social mores”.
Ripped right from today’s headlines, the pros & cons of transparency. I have two stories, one which I believe is “pro” transparency, the other “con” transparency. The catch is, I’m not going to tell you which is which:
- OKCupid seeks to block Mozilla Firefox over gay rights
- Body-worn police cameras in Southern California ‘cut complaints
Another thought popped into my head as I was writing this…
Do you think it would be a good thing if we evolved to read each others minds (all the time, no shielding)?
Why is complete transparency any different?
Sometimes things are nuanced judgement calls. Calls that are difficult to interpret after the fact when more about the situation is known, or from the comfort of a lack of experience on what you’re actually seeing. Other things are simply “choice”. You may not agree with my choices, but you should respect my ability to have them… Usually. On the other hand, sometimes you have to use your judgement on whether my choice is healthy for society or not.
When it comes to compliance, companies struggle with transparency. It’s up to us, as technologists not only to deliver the technology but be able to discuss the issues so that our business counterparts can make good decisions about how to best use technology to accomplish their goals. That’s the real value of IT, and how CIO types can get out of the data center and into the corner office.
I’ll leave you with a shout out to TabDump. While I had been thinking on the OKCupid story prior to reading today’s TabDump, it wasn’t until I saw them close to each other in today’s TabDump that I thought to relate them with each other. Check TabDump out if you want a good no-nonsense authentic news source.