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Privacy and information sharing in judicial setting: a wicked problem

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R.F. Meijer, R. Choenni, M.S. Bargh | Article | Publication date: 27 May 2015
Information sharing has become a means of gaining public trust for institutions such as governmental and scientific organizations. The transparency sought through information sharing contributes to the trust of various stakeholders such as citizens, other organizations and enterprises in such institutions. Information sharing, on the other hand, may increase the chance of privacy breaches due to, for example, information leakage and information fusion. Such privacy breaches can undermine stakeholders’ trust and thus work against the purpose of gaining trust through transparency. Moreover, fear of potential privacy breaches compels information disseminators to share minimum or no information. In this contribution we show that creating transparency through sharing information in the context of our public judiciary organization is a typical wicked problem. Subsequently we explain (the outcomes of) our designerly approach to design and intervene three artifacts within our organization. These artifacts are aimed at disseminating our judiciary data in a privacy preserving way, as privacy preservation contributes positively to the information sharing. Through addressing the privacy problem we try to address the transparency problem.

Author(s) - affiliated with Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

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