How do government agencies make decisions?
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Data-driven algorithms drive decision-making in ways that touch our economic, social and civic lives. But they contain inherent biases and assumptions that are too often invisible to the public.
Want to know how your salary jar stacks up?
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Pay transparency laws are the latest effort to eliminate the still-yawning gap between the salaries of men and women. Do they work?
Most South Africans need serious financial support to make it through university.
Student funding processes must be opened up to public scrutiny and participation if they're to succeed.
It’s important that universities open their budgetary processes up to input and scrutiny.
Kenya's university budgets are a closed book – and this lack of transparency is bad for institutions and the country as a whole.
Smile: you’re on camera.
TV cameras will be coming to a court near you.
Same journey. Different rewards.
Publishing the data on the differences between salaries for men and women will only be half the battle.
Weighing the evidence.
Meta-analyses that combine many different studies are the gold standard for medical evidence. But they are only as good research they examine.
Concern about the level of transparency in the prison sector remains.
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A legal wall protects private prisons from operational scrutiny.
Information commissioner John McMillan (pictured right with then minister Brendan O'Connor) has not been replaced since resigning in June, nor has the FOI commissioner who left in January.
In a year and a half the Abbott government managed, in practice, to undo the painstaking reforms of the federal Freedom of Information (FOI) system.
What does it mean if the majority of what’s published in journals can’t be reproduced?
Researchers from around the globe tried to replicate 100 published psychology studies. They were successful on only 36.
How much of the research in these journals could be reproduced?
Tobias von der Haar
It's a problem when much of what winds up in scientific journals isn't replicable, for various reasons. The research community is taking baby steps toward addressing the "reproducibility crisis."
The haste to deregulate political finance has led to political participation in the US becoming highly unequal.
The role of money in politics challenges rich and poor countries worldwide. Its abuse raises problems of graft, corruption and cronyism, undermining legitimacy and governance.
Trying to find out how money is being spent in your area? It’s not always that easy.
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Groups in charge of the NHS budget for your care should be open, but more often than not it's hard to tell how your where the money is going.
An economic experiment in the making.
A Deal or No Deal-inspired experiment shows people act with excessive caution when they're in the limelight.
Tony Abbott opens the campaign office for Liberal candidate Ken Wyatt in 2010. Now he and all incumbent MPs enjoy a $300,000 advantage over their challengers at the next election.
'Better Communities' funding is supposedly non-partisan: every electorate gets $300,000 for local projects. But only incumbent MPs have a say in this spending and 60% of them are government members.
Notions of the ‘right to know’ forced Hillary Clinton to defend her use of a private email account as secretary of state - a far cry from the days when citizens didn’t even know how their representatives voted.
The idea of the right to know as the 'lifeblood of democracy' is a surprisingly modern development. And in an age when transparency is prized, privacy and secrecy can still be justified in many cases.
Governments produce enormous amounts of data. The open data movement wants to make that available to all citizens.
The open data movement is gaining momentum but we need to reflect on our priorities and values in order to make further progress.
Australian producers are struggling to face challenges imposed by a changing screen industry – and greater transparency will benefit everyone.
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There is an emerging push for greater transparency in the industry about how films are funded and the profits they return. But can sharing information can help a financially risky industry into the black?
John Howard sealed his fate by going too far with WorkChoices, but he got the balance right and succeeded with the GST reform.
The distinction between the global and the local is collapsing under the pressure of climate change, economic restructuring, global migration and jihadism on the one hand and the populist and information…
What are we voting for? Certainly not decisions made in MPs' own interest or that of political parties or business cronies, but the present system lets that happen.
The Accountability Round Table (ART), a non-partisan organisation, wrote to the three major political parties two months ago seeking their position on three important arms of Victoria’s integrity system…