Do we see better in an age of transparency?
In the last two decades, transparency has entered the lexicon of policy makers, academics, experts and practitioners as a term synonymous with more accountable, efficient and democratic governance. Transparency promises to make visible what goes on inside institutions and corporations; it can reveal to the public the inner operations of power. However, the new danger for democracy is no longer secrecy and the difficulty to access information, but rather an overload of “data” and pieces of news that do not provide for a clear narrative. Just as transparency can have little effect if it is seen as an empty gesture, an overload of information can have the same effect as an absence of knowledge.