Transparency versus Privacy

One the challenges we face in building OpenReputation is addressing the inherent conflict between transparency and privacy. As we see it, a reputation is a predictor of future behavior based on past behavior. One of the predictors of future behavior is the degree of public disclosure of an entity's true identity. Public disclosure (increased transparency) exposes an entity to the consequences of its actions both good and bad. This risk/reward consequence of disclosure influences those actions and therefore provides predictive value. The problem is that disclosure may expose an entity to consequences that are unrelated to the immediate purpose of the disclosure. In general, building a reputation by tracking and measuring behavior can generate a lot of information about an entity that might result in unintended consequences if made public.



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