What is Transparency?

When something is transparent, according to, it is "free from pretense or deceit... easily detected or seen through... readily understood... [or] characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices."

Applied to government, this means citizens should be able to see how their tax money is used by elected representatives and bureaucrats are doing with the tax money they take from citizens. In the past few years there has been a change in what citizens find acceptable in the way of government transparency. In the age of the Internet and digital technology, citizens are demanding their state, local and national governments provide access to the basic information they must have in order to make decisions as responsible citizens.

Some states and localities nationwide have embraced the transparency movement and have taken advantage of communication technologies unavailable 10 or 20 years ago. Others, though, including many in North Carolina, have been slow to adapt to these new citizen demands. - Source

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