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Too often, we view “openness” as an unmitigated Good Thing. Yet, as we’ve seen up close over the past decade or so, transparency comes with consequences. Reality is neither black nor white, and until we can learn to take a nuanced view of the problems with which we are beset, meaningful progress will remain ever unattainable. In this session, we take a closer look at some of these shades of gray.

In this session:

Malte Spitz is a politician and environmental activist in his native Germany. He sued the telecom giant Deutsche Telekom to hand over the data they’d retained on him via his mobile phone. The goal? To find out the extent to which we are tracked. The result? His location was logged 35,000 times between August 2009 and February 2010. (You can see an interactive visualization at Die Zeit.) Spitz is…

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