Die Falle der Transparenz. Zur Problematik einer fraglosen Norm

In Leon Hempel, Susanne Krasmann, Ulrich Bröckling (eds.): Sichtbarkeitsregime. Überwachung, Sicherheit und Privatheit im 21. Jahrhundert. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag 2011, 71–84.


The concept of transparency has had a stunning careet. Today, demands of transparency enjoy a legitimacy that is almost impossible to question. This article critically examines the rationality of such demands. I am especially concerned to look not only at the presuppositions and consequences of demands for transparency but also at the concept’s own excessive momentum.