The Open Society Paradox: Why the 21st Century Calls for More Openness - Not Less
Recorded on January 7, 2005
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.
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