Is Privacy Defensible?

Motivating context

  • Running Manifold as a very open startup
    • Public analytics
    • Discourse on Discord
    • Open source
    • Open grant applications
  • More radically
    • Open decision-making?
    • Open salaries? Equity?

And... this has been amazing!

Morally - there's no reason for it

Pragmatically - more and more of the world will be public

posit a world in which everything is public. What are the bad effects?

  • Info is good; info *asymmetry* is bad

Worry: does this require infinitely wise people?

Inspired by