Why do people care about government transparency?

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At our recent unconference, Transparency Camp, we went around and asked participants why they care about government transparency – here’s what they had to say:

In the same vein, IBM recently put out a video about why data matters. While they don’t specifically name government data it’s certainly a significant contributor to the 15 petabytes of new data that is being created daily worldwide.

Our video, while lacking a Philip Glass soundtrack, does give concrete reasons why the transparency of government data is important. In the comments below, leave your reason why you care about government transparency.

(hat tips to Laurenellen McCann for producing the Transparency Camp video and Andrew Sullivan for linking to the IBM video)

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