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[Commlist] New Book: Radical Secrecy: The Ends of Transparency in Datafied America

Wed Mar 31 21:42:21 GMT 2021

Clare Birchall's new book, ///Radical Secrecy: The Ends of Transparency in Datafied America/, is published on 6 April. US colleagues can get 40% off with the code MN87420 by ordering directly from the University of Minnesota Press <>

Non-US colleagues can get 30% off with the code CSFS2021 if they order from <> <>


Radical Secrecy, by Clare Birchall

When total data surveillance delimits agency and revelations of political wrongdoing fail to have consequences, is transparency the social panacea liberal democracies purport it to be? This book sets forth the provocative argument that progressive social goals would be better served by a radical form of secrecy, at least while state and corporate forces hold an asymmetrical advantage over the less powerful in data control. Clare Birchall asks: How might transparency actually serve agendas that are far from transparent? Can we imagine a secrecy that could act in the service of, rather than against, a progressive politics?

Introduction: Transparent Times, Secret Agency, and Data Subjects

1. The Changing Fortunes of Secrecy and Openness

2. Information Imaginaries

3. Opaque Openness: The Problem with/of Transparency

4. Shareveillance: Open and Covert Government Data Practices

5. Aesthetics of the Secret

6. Secrets of the Left: A Right to Opacity

Conclusion: Toward Postsecrecy

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