Joel Finkelstein Posted almost 4 years ago What is the importance of building transparency in news media, and what would like to see? Any risks? This is a really good point, but don't you think its a bit naive to argue that it will solve itself? Take Wikileaks for example: here you have unconstrained (or arbitrarily constrained) horizontal and forced transparency and it runs up against all kinds of non-trivial issues from rampant abuse and misinformation to legitimate national security threats... Now that isn't to say Wikileaks hasn't been useful, but let's not pretend there isn't a clear tension here between constructive transparency and the legitimate exercise of privacy. For these reasons, we can't ignore the standard bearers like the CNN's and the NPR's of the world: we need some threshold criteria and groups for vetting (and obtaining) information responsibly but we also have a right to transparency regarding the criteria on which that vetting takes place.