In this short book, just 64 pages, Clare Birchall addresses the shifting relationships between data and citizens to unpack what big data, transparency and openness, mean for democracy and the government of subjects. It stands as an interesting read alongside Zuboff’s (2019) voluminous The age of surveillance capitalism, not only for the contrast in page count, but also for the distinct theoretical take and the greater focus on the role of the State.
In a process that started decades ago, a multiplicity of forces is creating a slow, but steadily rising storm against anonymity. Discourses of transparency and accountability often describe anonymity as a threat. Technologies such as the IP-address-based Internet, sensory devices, and machine learning techniques further undermine anonymous encounters. In an age of near ubiquitous surveillance, anonymity is under attack. But what is at stake in such discourses and developments?
The theme of ‘open secrets’ offers a pathway through the ten diverse contributions to this open issue, tracing the interplay of openness and closure, visibility and invisibility, transparency and secrecy, the superficial and the profound in contemporary organizational life. The issue includes contributions on technologies of invisibility in Danish care work; struggles for professional accreditation in Italian consultancy; the political and ‘sub-political’ in the Pirate Party movement; Swedish trades unions and workplace subjectivity; and the play of fashion and distinction in management sch
Fighting corruption with transparent organizations: Anti-corruption and functional deviance in organizational behavior
Thus every Part was full of Vice,
Yet the whole Mass a Paradice.
Bernard Mandeville, The fable of the bees