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American transparency

Elizabeth Warren, the change-maker who set up a government agency to protect consumers from harmful financial products, is committed to transparency ... For example, Warren's calendar is on the agency's website so that anyone can see who has a claim on her time.

SodaStream, the company which sells a soda-making home applicance, has a counter on the website that shows precisely how the company saves the world from plastic bottles.

Daystar TV channel, running a fundraising campaign, sometimes shows every donation as it comes in – the amount, donor's name, and city/country.

These are simply stuff I happened to watch in the last couple days and therefore not representative. Transparency can be seen in a lot of areas – in politics, in economy/business, in science, even in defense!

The level of transparency will not always satisfy every one. Some might feel there should be more in certain areas, others might ask why "reveal" everything?

But generally, transparency is a good thing. And it should be on the agenda of every country that wants to reduce or eliminate corruption.


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