The vogue in tech policy is "transparency," the buzzword for addressing concerns about social media's reach, breadth, and social effects. Companies, academics, regulators, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle all embrace transparency as a cure-all, or at least a necessary first step.
But that agreement obscures a deeper problem: The various camps all have widely differing notions both of what the vague term actually means and also what the public should do with any insights increased transparency might lead to.
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