posts tagged ‘radical transparency

The fight for digital privacy continues to gain momentum two years after Edward Snowden’s dramatic disclosures. But while most technology companies have made progress in protecting consumer data, some are lagging behind, according to the latest report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. 

“We call it Radical Transparency,” says e-tail startup Everlane. The company, known for its luxe basics, was built on the principle of disclosing production costs and keeping markups as low as possible. Now, Everlane has launched the Transparent City tour, a first-of-its-kind look at the inner workings of like-minded local companies. The kickoff event in […]

Last year’s launch of Fairphone, an ethically sourced and produced mobile phone, put a spotlight on the raw materials in our digital devices. Currently taking orders for a second batch of 35,000 phones, the Dutch company ensures that minerals come from conflict-free areas so they’re not helping to fund armed groups. Now a two-minute spot […]

We identified “ethical fashion” as one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2010, focusing on the use of organic cotton. Now, the horrific scope of last month’s garment factory collapse in Bangladesh—more than 1,100 workers were killed—is putting a spotlight on the apparel industry’s labor practices. So-called “sweat-free” initiatives are taking center stage: On […]

Can a business function like a democracy? Barclaycard is about to find out. It’s set to launch Barclaycard Ring, a crowdsourced credit card that taps into Millennial preferences. Radical transparency is a key element (“We’re pulling back the curtain that separates banks from customers”), as is the “power of community”: Together cardholders determine how the […]

Unwrapping the Process, one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2012, is the idea that we’ll be seeing more about the “making of” as consumer expectations of Radical Transparency evolve to include interest in the process behind the product. This is especially pertinent when it comes to food, as we found recently when we […]

Christopher Poole, the founder of the controversial website 4chan, argues that online anonymity empowers people to achieve unfiltered self-expression. Poole, aka moot, spoke in defense of online anonymity at a recent TED conference, and the video’s release last week prompted debate around free speech. 4chan is part of a Web landscape where, in many places, unsavory […]

As we noted in a post about the paradox of digital privacy, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has claimed that privacy is no longer a social norm. With the site under fire for compromising its users’ privacy, developer Matt McKeon created this chart showing how Facebook has increasingly made member information public (the blue-shaded areas), based […]

Online privacy has been all over the news: Just this week a U.S. Congressman introduced draft legislation that would regulate how online ad networks use personal data and Facebook, already under fire for privacy issues, made headlines for exposing some users’ private chats. And yesterday the Lift Conference 2010 in Geneva—a Europe/Asia conference exploring the […]

-Millward Brown published its annual BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking. -Fewer affluent Americans feel guilty about buying luxury goods than they did a year ago, according to a report from American Express Publishing. -Time listed The World’s Most Influential People. -The Sunday Times’ annual Rich List reveals that despite the downturn, the […]


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