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Privacy Must Exist in the World of Transparency

At TransparencyCamp 2011, where some presenters and attendees opted for privacy, some presented information openly. This speaker shared information about Civic Commons at the Ignite Session on Sunday May 1.

by / May 3, 2011

What better way is there to discuss and share ideas about open government than at a loosely-scheduled weekend "unconference" called TransparencyCamp? At the fourth annual TCamp, held this past weekend, more than 250 tech entrepreneurs, journalists, government employees and nonprofit reps gathered near Washington, D.C., to talk about increasing government transparency online. 

In a couple of TransparencyCamp sessions, some campers -- and even some session leaders -- did not want their input to be on the record. One camper even left a session when my editor and I introduced ourselves.

Off-the-record requests? At a transparency unconference? Ellen Miller, co-founder and executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, says there are valid and logical reasons for such privacy, even in the realm of transparency. 

Above: A presenter shares information about Civic Commons at the Ignite Session on Sunday May 1.  

Photo by Nicko Margolies, the Sunlight Foundation




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Jessica Mulholland Former Web Editor/Photographer

Jessica Mulholland served as the Web editor of Government Technology magazine from October 2012 through September 2017. She worked for the Government Technology editorial team for nearly 10 years.

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