The Perils and Promise of Global Transparency

Why the Information Revolution May Not Lead to Security, Democracy, or Peace

Kristin M. Lord
eISBN-13: 9780791481103

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While the trend toward greater transparency will bring many benefits, Kristin M. Lord argues that predictions that it will lead inevitably to peace, understanding, and democracy are wrong. The conventional view is of authoritarian governments losing control over information thanks to technology, the media, and international organizations, but there is a darker side, one in which some of the same forces spread hatred, conflict, and lies. In this book, Lord discusses the complex implications of growing transparency, paying particular attention to the circumstances under which transparency's effects are negative. Case studies of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and the government of Singapore's successful control of information are included.

ISBNs 9780791468869, 0791481107, 9780791481103
Language English