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Submitted by Andrew Ecclestone on

It's worth reading the discussion about transparency that took place during this http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2013/nov/13/lessons-transparency-uk-government-livechat livechat on the Guardian. See, for example, the comments I made about Onora O'Neill"s work on transparency. Basically, she says simple disclosure of information or data is insufficient to achieve what is claimed for transparency. What is needed is communication of the relevant information to the target audience in a context-appropriate manner. Then you stand a better chance of achieving the results that some may claim logically from simply disclosing data/information. A good example is the small print of a travel insurance policy you're considering buying: it may be 'transparent', in the sense that it discloses all the provisions and caveats, but how many people read a page full of 8 point type?