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ByRachel Adams

Almost 50 years after The Order of Things was published, Edward Snowden made what is arguably a similar conceit in disclosing details of the collection and storage of personal information by government agencies. That the discourse of transparency would be invoked on the bodies of its subject was, perhaps, always foreshadowed. For the idea of transparency necessitates its full realisation, as anything less than complete visible clarity would be opacity. But the consequences of this drive for total transparency are significant. Lastly, the other major line of enquiry that is raised regards the differential experience of informational crises such as disinformation and privacy – or the production of the transparency subject—in the Global South, as compared to the Global North, where the attention of this book his focused. This enquiry merits a book on its own and constitutes research project.