Despite arguments that it is too loose, ambiguous and easy to hide behind, the 'public interest' is an integral part of the discourse, law, regulation and governance of modern democracies.
A scholar argues why more rules, regulations and codes, such as those proposed by Walter Shaub, will not have much effect.
Political and community leaders must act now to preserve the American middle class and adapt the US economy for the 21st century.
Can open data change the world? We looked beyond the hype to find out.
Australians can't tell which private hospital is safer then the next because the data isn't publicly available. It's time that changed.
Partly in response to the so-called 'reproducibility crisis' in science, researchers are embracing a set of practices that aim to make the whole endeavor more transparent, more reliable – and better.
Policing culture is often associated with a lack of transparency and a resistance to external examination.
Past presidents have made strange requests of the FBI, some of which were documented by J. Edgar Hoover.
Crime data reflect only what crimes are identified by the police – not all the crimes that occur. So decisions based on crime data are necessarily biased and incompletely informed.
Algorithms can have enormous consequences on people's lives, yet a federal law prevents us from studying whether they may be biased, unfair or discriminatory.
A study that suggested Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was more psychological than physical has been debunked. How did the data get doctored?
Can social media create opportunities to identify and challenge government pitfalls and problematic policies?
Politicians should be subject to a penalty regime similar to the far more stringent one that applies to company directors.
A European Union law will require human-understandable explanations for algorithms' decisions. A team of researchers has found a way to provide that, even for complex calculations.
South Africa's mining industry is on an unsustainable trajectory and needs to undergo fundamental transformation that emphasises transparency, equity, and community participation.
The government has announced it will accept recommendations to make the university admissions process more transparent. But that alone isn't enough.
A historian and biographer of J. Edgar Hoover answers questions on how FBI director James Comey is handling a position with a dark past.
China will have to play by international rules on transparency and accountability if it wants to secure its place as a leader for economic development in Asia.
The World Bank risks looking hypocritical and becoming redundant if it doesn't improve its own management.
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.