I really want transparency in government. I do. I think that understanding how much things costs help people understand why they are being taxed, why it is important to pay attention to who is making our laws and how they are being made. Suffering from too much information to make decisions just means that more opportunities to generate metrics, to aggregate data.
Google is a prime example of this. Google pulls every bit of data it can from as many sources. Google reads your e-mail. And by that, I mean a computer analyzes the words in your e-mail to try to target ads that are more likely to be appropriate to you. The sheer number of words that pass through a mail server the size of Google are too voluminous for a human to analyze, which is why a computer does it.
But can transparency go too far?
How about it fellow Leaguers? Is that a good use of the public information act? That's (theoretically) everyone's salary that works for the state of Texas. From the lowest file clerk to the highest commissioner. Available, by name, to anyone with an internet connection and the ability to type and click.