The answer is yes. When we use the word
, we always need to ask:
transparent to whom
? Even things put out on the open web aren't transparent toeveryone, because not every human being in the world has web access or isliterate in the language we are writing in. In cases of transparency withinconfidentiality, we're simply drawing smaller and more explicit boundaries interms of who will be included within the boundaries of our transparencypractices.In other words:#PIC cushions picture with labelAnd actually, if we tilt this picture a bit and zoom in...#PIC differentiating between cushions and glassSee the cushions
the glass wall? The latter represents transparency, orbeing-able-to-see. The former represents participation, or being-able-to-contribute. Transparency and participation are two distinct things, and
we'retalking about Radically Transparent Research, not RadicallyParticipatory Research.
You can watch a play but be unable to affect whathappens onstage (transparency without participation), you can fill out teachingevaluations but not know how it affects your professor's future classes(participation without transparency), and of course you can have both or neither.In what may be a counterintuitive move, I'm going to claim that we actually don'tcare about participation
in the main project
so long as certain transparencycriteria are met. This is in keeping with the source of our transparency practices;open communities are not anarchic chaos. In fact, they frequently have strictrules on who can
commit to mainline
, which means to make changes to what isconsidered to be the project's canonical version. #CITE# BLOG explain how not commiting to mainline coexists with the ability to forkand make your own mainline – you can create your own forum for participation;it's enabled by transparency,and absorbence-back into mainline is also enabledby transparency. Tie to the Four Freedoms, which you may have explainedearlier. Transparency and participation are both particular types of things:
.# BLOG definition of affordancesLet's break this down.
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