The Stone City

Words Made to Last

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

For Example

This is a story about transparency:
Google refuses to reveal who sent the complaint against Inner City Press, citing privacy concerns.

By placing its emphasis on "privacy", Google has given the activity of suppressing information equal protection with that of providing information. The value of transparency explains why this is wrong: suppressing information should require a public commitment, not just a whisper into Google's ear.