The Value of Transparency: Bulk Data and Authoritarianism

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Scott Robbins
Adam Henschke


Given recognition of widespread state sponsored surveillance programs, are liberal democracies descending into an Orwellian authoritarian nightmare? The realities of the modern surveillance state instead suggest our worries ought to be about Kafkaesque bureaucratic black holes. In this paper we suggest that authoritarianism can be avoided by liberal democracies if they adhere to processes of ensurance and assurance. Moreover,  we argue that both of these attributes are instrumentally enabled by transparency.

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Scott Robbins, Delft University of Technology

PhD Researcher, Department of Values Technology and Innovation

Adam Henschke, Delft University of Technology; Australian National University

Research Fellow at the Department of Values, Technology, and Innovation at Delft University of Technology

Lecturer at the National Security College at the Australian National University


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