The Transparency Paradox

by admin on November 18, 2014

A one-day workshop in Maynooth University

This one-day seminar brings together scholars, experts and industry practitioners from diverse fields to address the above questions. The focus will be on the citizen as sensor, data transparency and privacy; surveillance and security, and new forms of scrutiny.

24 November
(Renehan Hall, South Campus)

The contemporary historical moment is marked by the rise of digital governance, often captured in descriptions of e-government, smart cities and information societies. Attention has been given to the transformative potential of new technology to make governance more efficient, transparent and participatory. However, concerns are mounting over surveillance, intrusions into privacy and the multiple costs and drivers of digital solutions. But the concept of transparency also requires interrogation. What new forms of scrutiny does transparency inaugurate? In what ways is evidence transformed by new visibilities? What new forms of opacity are being produced?

Invited speakers include:

  • Peter Fussey, Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex
  • Terry Landers, Regional Standards Officer – Western Europe, Microsoft Europe
  • Sadhbh McCarthy, Director of the Centre for Irish and European Security
  • Peter Graham, Associate Partner, IBM Global Business Services
  • Bernd Stahl, Professor and Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University
  • Dr. Jonas Sjöström, Uppsala University

Admission is free but numbers are limited, so if you wish to attend please contact using “Transparency Workshop” in the subject header on or before 17 November.

Convenors: Brian Donnellan & Mark Maguire

The convenors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Maynooth University in hosting this event.

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