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Jan 07

The Open Society Paradox: Why the 21st Century Calls for More Openness - Not Less

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Van Andel Center

How do we ensure security and, at the same time, safeguard civil liberties? The Open Society Paradox challenges the conventional wisdom of those on both sides of the debate - leaders who want unlimited authority and advocates who would sacrifice security for individual privacy protection. It offers a provocative alternative, suggesting that while the very openness of American society has left the United States vulnerable to today's threats, only more of this quality will make the country safer and enhance its citizens' freedom and mobility.

Uniquely qualified to address these issues, Dennis Bailey argues that the solution is not to create a police state that restricts liberties but, paradoxically, to embrace greater openness. Through new technologies that engender transparency, including secure information, biometrics, surveillance, facial recognition, and data mining, society can remove the anonymity of the ill-intentioned while revitalizing the notions of trust and accountability and enhancing freedom for most Americans. He explores the impact of greater transparency on our lives, our relationships, and our liberties. The Open Society Paradox is a brave exploration of how to realign our traditional assumptions about privacy with a twenty-first-century concept of an open society.


DENNIS BAILEY is an information technology consultant whose expertise includes security and privacy issues in the public and private sectors. Currently, he assists the State Department manage private personnel data. He is also a participant in the Sub-Group on Identification for the Markle Foundation's Task Force on National Security in the Information Age.

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