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Episode #5

Transparency is Surveillance

Transparency for the sake of accountability is great, right? Well, not so fast.

I talk with C. Thi Nguyen’s thought-provoking argument that the pursuit of transparency can be counterproductive.

C. Thi Nguyen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utah. His research concerns the ways in which our social structures and technologies can shape our values, agency, and rationality. He has written on games, trust, art, echo chambers, cultural appropriation, monuments, and group intimacy. His book is ⁠Games: Agency as Art⁠. It was awarded the American Philosophical Associations 2021 Book Prize.