Mark Hammer

There’s openness, and there’s comprehensibility. I would concur that trust in government depends fundamentally on transparency, but wide open access to things that make no sense to me does not necessarily create transparency, any more than management sending around an e-mail to all staff does. It is certainly a necessary precondition for the creation of transparency, but it sure as shooting needs a plausible, and coherent, narrative to string all that info together into something that makes sense to me as a citizen. In the absence of that coherence, you end up with bamboozled citizens who now have wads of uninterpretable information they can wade through freely, and apply whatever conspiracy theory they wish.

As I’m fond of repeating, transparency attempted is not transparency achieved.