It's like a nuke, going off in the world of secret wealth. And downwind effects will stretch to the Alps and far beyond.
== Transparency as a tool ==
It's part of the movement toward Citizen Science that goes back a century, that I forecast burgeoning in EARTH, and talked about here. And here. iNaturalist.org in particular has burgeoned - as of right now there are 1,791,935 observations with locations marked on the map. Check it -- and possibly have fun while doing good for your planet.
To foil poachers...Can we teach wild elephants to use webcams?
More efficient than hours of stakeouts, police put GPS trackers on cars, bikes, packages to catch thieves.
Wearables pioneer and transparency/sousveillance scholar and public artist Prof Steve Mann says: "My recent Instructable teaches you all how to see radio waves! A truly transparent society where technology is made transparent."
== Saved by surveillance? ==
Ike tried to persuade Moscow to accept “open skies” so that we each would be able to see each others’ capabilities and calm down. This wan’t going to happen, given Russian paranoid tendencies exacerbated by the recent second world war, plus Cold War tensions. Indeed, the Politburo doubled down on secrecy and went into a tizzy when Eisenhower tried sending U2 Spy planes, to find out what they were doing. (The Soviets never had that problem with us. They had only to subscribe to Aviation Week.)
And yes, I'll soon be going to Panama! Well, thematically. Yipe. How right does a guy have to be, before CNN calls?