Doing Business in a See-Through Society

OPEN DATA HAS BEEN A BOON TO JOURNALISTS AND ACTIVISTS—and a sobering reality for the governments and businesses they choose to investigate. As more and more public data has become available, a growing number of reporters and advocacy organizations have figured out how to use it. They analyze data on government contracts, political contributions, healthcare companies, and corporations of all kinds. Their mission is to use data to equalize the balance of power between government and corporate entities on the one hand and the public on the other. Their success has a message: it’s harder than ever to hide.

This new breed of data detectives uses technology both to analyze data and to get their ...

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