Friday, December 26, 2008

Transparent World

The placing of criminal records online, as reported in this news article, which is spreading to more states and will eventually be in almost all of them, only validates what has been happening worldwide for several decades, the birth of a transparent world where virtually every bit of information about individuals, organizations, and governments, is available online.

In many ways this is a good thing, in some a bad, but the bringing of light into the ancient dark world of the criminal is surely a good thing over-all.

An excerpt.

“WATERBURY, Vt. - Worried your daughter's new boyfriend might have a nefarious past? Want to know whether the job applicant in front of you has a rap sheet?

“Finding out can be a mouse click away, thanks to the growing crop of searchable online databases run directly by states. Vermont launched its service Monday, and now about 20 states have some form of them.

“The Web sites provide a valuable and time-saving service to employers and businesses by allowing them to look up criminal convictions without having to submit written requests and wait for the responses. And they're popular: Last month alone, Florida's site performed 38,755 record checks.”