I just found out that my November 18th article about Government Transparency was published by Slashdot. Wow, I totally forgot about writing that. Now that I've read through the comments it seems that some people got it and some didn't.
Transparency offers an organziation full disclosure of information so that all descision makers can make their best judgements. Governmental Transparency discloses information to the descision makers (who through direct or indirect means are the taxpayers) so that we can make the best descisions on what to support, when to voice our support, and to whom.
This decentralization of information can be a deterrent to secret bureacrating squandering of taxpayer funds. Much like micro cameras became a deterrent for crime in David Brim's Second City. When everyone has information about what is budgeted, where it is budgeted, and if budgetees use the funds wisely, a strong incentive for lawfulness is created.
A strong chance of misinformation is also create. Yes, this system could be abused by terrorists to infer how we are defending ourselves, by political parties to give perceived truths to baseless claims, and by criminals to learn how to better cheat or beat the system.
Obviously, a government couldn't be fully transparent. For example, we wouldn't want to tell our enemies what secret operatives we are paying, or even how much we are paying for all secret operatives everywhere. That information could be used to infer how strong our intelligence gathering is. So we have to keep hidden our classified secrets.
We also can be publishing personally confidential information. Social Security numbers and medical documents should not be published as that promotes identity theft. Other personal documents such as phone bills, Instant Message correspondence, personal finance documents should also be unavailable yet assessable to investigates after obtaining a court order (much as they can now).
Political parties while obviously use this influx of politically charged information as a way to shade the opposition in the worst light available. Yet, I believe that good, honest journalism can do a lot refute political hooey. In the end citizens will be able to have all the facts on their screens.