Whether in government, business, science, technology or media, transparency is one of the key factors in demonstrating authenticity, establishing trust, and proving there's truth to claims of responsibility and sustainability. A transparent system makes previously hidden processes visible to all, allowing citizens to see how decisions have been made, how resources have been obtained, and how conclusions have been reached that effect their lives.
With new technologies and networked movement building, citizens are now more capable than ever of forcing transparency where opaque systems lead to human rights abuses and corruption. The increasing use of open source as an approach to solving problems and disseminating information collaboratively means that we -- the public -- hold more power in determining our future. We write frequently about transparency in many contexts, as it forms an important part of the groundwork for a just, equitable, sustainable and democratic future.
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