1972On Openness and Secrecy
- Feb 1, 2008Thanks, Hilla, for your comments and suggestions. I think that we
could benefit from both a greater certainty that someone's taking
minutes at any Towne Hall (maybe Da Lord Mayor needs a new Goon?) and
from clear subject lines indicating when those messages are publicized.
One thing that you and Andrew and Grimkirk have all raised is the
desirability of openness in the process. I thought it might be worth
noting that, at some point, there are limitations to the openness
that is allowed by Kingdom and Society Law. Now, we're very far from
reaching those limits, at this point, but there ARE some aspects to
Baronial Transition (and, indeed, all Society reporting) that are
required to be kept confidential (including, specifically, the
results of the Official Poll of the populace, and any personal
commentary included in any official report).
I can't speak directly to why the Kingdom and the Society chose to
require secrecy on certain issues of interest to the Populace, but
they do. As such, I think it's important to know what we can and
cannot expect to be given.
And, like I say, everything we're doing at this point is allowed to
be done in public, and I think ought to be. I'm just trying to give
a heads-up, so that nobody is surprised later, when we run into the
required secrecy that inevitably lies ahead of us.
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