The financial products offered by the shadow banking sector allow investors to be further removed from their investments and banks to escape regulation, increasing the risk in the sector overall.
The government should follow through on setting up a register of beneficial ownership of companies if it wants to get serious about tax evasion.
Why is it that we want strong democracies for ourselves, but "economic czars" for others?
A new report from Sense About Science reveals the scale of politics before evidence.
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.
Pay transparency laws are the latest effort to eliminate the still-yawning gap between the salaries of men and women. Do they work?
Student funding processes must be opened up to public scrutiny and participation if they're to succeed.
Kenya's university budgets are a closed book – and this lack of transparency is bad for institutions and the country as a whole.
TV cameras will be coming to a court near you.
Publishing the data on the differences between salaries for men and women will only be half the battle.
Meta-analyses that combine many different studies are the gold standard for medical evidence. But they are only as good research they examine.
A legal wall protects private prisons from operational scrutiny.
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.
Researchers from around the globe tried to replicate 100 published psychology studies. They were successful on only 36.
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 role of money in politics challenges rich and poor countries worldwide. Its abuse raises problems of graft, corruption and cronyism, undermining legitimacy and governance.
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.
A Deal or No Deal-inspired experiment shows people act with excessive caution when they're in the limelight.
'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.
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.