A test for whether you are living ethically: Would you object to what you’re doing now being on the front page of tomorrow’s newspaper?

So far as we favour openness and transparency, we should think of WikiLeaks as having done a lot of good. And while we might think that it’s being a little reckless in some of its revelations, consider this test for whether you are living ethically: Would you object to what you’re doing now being on the front page of tomorrow’s newspaper?

Ethicist Peter Singer, CPA Australia June 2011  

Harper’s magazine subtitled “A World Without Secrets,” the ethicist Peter Singer suggested that total transparency, or what he calls, with a nod to Jeremy Bentham, the “inspection principle” might be “the perfection of democracy, the device that allows us to know what our governments are really doing, that keeps tabs on corporate abuses, and that protects our individual freedoms just as it subjects our personal lives to public scrutiny” (Singer, 2011, p. 31).

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