Rehabilitating the Secret

The balance between privacy and transparency has reached a tipping point. Transparency might be desirable but we will have to pay a heavy price for it. For without secrecy and privacy, neither society nor politics can truly function.

For Their Eyes Only...

Without secrecy, the state cannot protect its citizens. The public should therefore not have a universal right to transparency.

Fighting Fire with Fir...

Surveillance can’t be stopped. But instead of isolating ourselves and trying to seal off our secrets we should expose them, and the snoopers surrounding us. For the illusory fantasy of absolute privacy has come to an end.

Privacy is the best De...

The trouble with secrecy and transparency goes back a long way. To understand why we need secrets we must take a look at history and the British postal service of the nineteenth century.

Under Cover ...

To analyze the true value of secrecy, we should not look to the state or companies but to kids and their diaries. For secrets are an essential part of our human development.

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Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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