Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The governments discussing the “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” made an interesting statement. A spokesperson of the German Department of Justice said: “Die Verhandlungen sollen so weit wie möglich transparent gemacht werden. Da die Vertragspartner aber Vertraulichkeit vereinbart haben, können wir keine Aussagen zu Inhalten machen.” (read on heise.de). This is German and basically means that the negotiations shall be made as transparent as possible but that they are not willing to comment on what they negotiate. If that sounds like a weird definition of transparency to you, you're not alone.