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Architecting Transparency Back to the Roots - and Forward to the Future?

Posted by Ben Wheatland at Jul 10, 2015 02:47 PM |
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Dieter Zinnbauer, Research and Knowledge Expert at Transparency International's Secretariat, shares his latest working paper which he recently presented at a transparency research conference...

Where next for innovation in and research on transparency? How about going physical and returning to the original meaning of transparency as a see-through attribute of a substance? An entirely boring and hopeless endeavor, particularly now that the hype cycle has firmly settled on all things digital and transparency 2point 3point or x point.oh dominates the day.

Yet, revisiting the forgotten physical roots of transparency turns out to be a highly inspiring journey that offers a lot of fascinating food for thought for current thinking and practice on institutional transparency. A new working paper by Dieter Zinnbauer, who works on emerging issues in TI’s research department, travels back in time and crosses architectural thinking and the physical dimension of transparency with current discourses around open governance –  and finds a highly topical and inspirational dimension, both for transparency research and practice in what may look like a done-and-dusted affair. As it turns out there is a lot going on, a lot to hope for and a really exciting new research agenda on physical transparency waiting to be embarked upon. Architects and transparency activists unit!

 

Zinnbauer, Dieter, Architecting Transparency Back to the Roots - and Forward to the Future? (June 10, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2616655

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