Government ‘transparency’ has gone too far.
Dave Eggers’s 2013 novel “The Circle” depicts a world where demands for “openness” annihilate privacy and personal autonomy, creating a dystopian nightmare. Public officials in the tale try to outdo each other in going “clear” by wearing body cameras and microphones every waking moment. For most readers, the book is farfetched science fiction, but for those active in public life, Eggers’s conception doesn’t seem all that implausible.
Originally published: August 13, 2018
Author: Mitch Daniels
Institution: Purdue University
Published by: The Washington Post