Confused About Transparency

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Makes me think of the necessity of the protections of satire and fair use and parody. Link to a great article is here http://www.rcfp.org/browse-media-law-resources/digital-journalists-legal-guide/protection-satire-and-parody

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[Thinkses in progress – riffing around the idea that transparency is not reporting. This is all a bit confused atm…]

UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme today talking about a new “open and honest reporting culture” for UK hospitals. Transparency, it seems, is about publishing open data, or at least, putting crappy league tables onto websites. I think: not….

The fact that a hospital has “a number” of mistakes may or may not be interesting. As with most statistics, there is little actual information in a single number. As the refrain on the OU/BBC co-produced numbers programme More or Less goes, ‘is it a big number or a small number?’. The information typically lies in the comparison with other numbers, either across time or across different entities (for example, comparing figures across hospitals). But comparisons may also be loaded. For…

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