Hm.. in my experience, legal departments focus above all on managing risk
on behalf of their clients and using the legal system to the maximal
benefit of the organization of which they are a part.  In my view, putting
Transparency in Legal is a recipe for minimal disclosure, not maximal.  The
Transparency officer should be C level and advocate for maximal
disclosure.  I reckon they would often be opposed by Legal.

On Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 10:07 PM, Risker <risker...@gmail.com> wrote:

> On 12 March 2016 at 22:02, SarahSV <sarahsv.w...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > On Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 7:09 PM, Andreas Kolbe <jayen...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > This seems to be a recurring (and daunting) pattern. People call for
> > > transparency about a particular issue. Eventually, someone in a
> > leadership
> > > position responds that yes, demands for transparency about this issue
> are
> > > quite reasonable, and in fact more transparency would be absolutely
> > > desirable.
> > >
> > > At this point, people relax, feeling they have been heard. The
> clamouring
> > > crowd disperses. But in fact, nothing happens, and the same questions
> > arise
> > > again some weeks, months, years down the line.
> > >
> > > ‚ÄčIt would be wonderful if we had a dedicated transparency officer
> within
> > the community engagement department. Perhaps we could open a page on meta
> > listing transparency requests.
> >
> >
>
> Why would this be within the community engagement department?  I'm not
> saying you're wrong, but I'm not actually seeing any logical explanation
> for it being a CE issue.  It seems more a legal issue (in respect of
> board/executive transparency) or human resources issue (in respect of
> NDAs).  It's pretty obvious from what has bubbled to the surface over the
> last few months that transparency was NOT just an issue from the community
> perspective.  Perhaps a transparency officer in Legal might make sense.
>
> Risker/Anne
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