What Do We Gain From Transparency? Or Metrics for Open Government

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    I think you may make a bit of a leap in your last sentence, the multiplicity of ‘seems’ aside. Maybe the problem is the emotional resonances of your diction, such as “hampers” and “impoverished” — the words may be too strong and prejudicial, leading you to see the balancing issue between privacy and your 3 goals as tragic, rather than just something interesting/annoying/important that comes up very often in the law. Why is “impoverished” more appropriate than, say, “reduced,” and “hampers” than “limits”? The source of the paradox may be the rhetoric; suitable re-framing, in the linguistic sense, might make the issue more tractable.