This week in Transparency and Accountability

Ivan Krastev’s new article on Transparency:
“It is people’s willingness to take personal risks and confront the powerful by daring to speak the truth, not the truth itself, that ultimately leads to change.”
http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/the-false-promise-of-transparent-government-by-ivan-krastev

Great article on tax transparency and how different countries have wildly different approaches to secrecy around tax and personal wealth
http://watchdog-watcher.com/2013/01/06/disclosing-tax-data/

The above study also references this great Pakistani investigation, by the Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI), in coordination with the Centre for Investigative Reporting Pakistan (CIRP), turns out 2/3rds of Pakistani MPs surveyed did not pay their tax.
http://dawn.com/2012/12/13/ministers-lawmakers-evading-tax-study/

Also in a more skeptical/questioning vein, this
http://www.aeonmagazine.com/world-views/nathaniel-tkacz-open-source-government/
is worth reading
“[open] is not a politics geared towards specific changes, but towards change in general”

On Purpose.com and The Rules, interesting article in the economist.
http://www.economist.com/news/business/21570763-how-profit-firm-fosters-protest-profit-purpose

Events
FYI Interesting event coming up, tactical tech’s InfoActivism camp
http://camp2013.tacticaltech.org/

And Liberation Tech’s Right to Information and Transparency in the Digital Age
http://liberationtechnology.stanford.edu/events/rtitech/

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