Black Transparency

As the clampdown on climate protesters today in Paris highlighted today, even the right to assembly and the right to protest are becoming marked and acted on as deviant. Our communication online can never be inscrutable, organisation en masse and face to face increasingly controlled and our fear driving us to support each infringement of our right (if you want to call it that, as rights have to be continually fought for something which we are being woken up to recently) to assembly and communication.

What is Black Transparency?

“Black Transparency is an involuntary disclosure of secrets against a backdrop of systematic online surveillance, as large parts of contemporary life move into the digital realm. Black transparency, as a radical form of information democracy, has brought forward a new sense of unpredictability to international relations, and raises questions about the conscience of the whistleblower, whose personal politics are now instantly geopolitical. Empowered by networks of planetary-scale computation, disclosures today take on an unprecedented scale and immediacy. Difficult to contain and even harder to prevent, black transparency does not merely create openness, order, and clarity; rather, it triggers chaos, stirring the currents of a darker and more mercurial world.”

 

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