Trust and transparency are not new solutions. It is simply a solution based on perception. For security reason we hold on to information that would seem to put us in a precarious position. Thomas Hobbes put it nicely when he said, "
The Right of Nature…is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature…and consequently of doing anything which, in his own judgment and reason, he shall conceive to be the aptest means thereunto.
So it goes with the modern technological age where we can find scoop on nearly anyone. Even more, those with higher power have greater access to private information. Data is constantly being gathered by consumer groups, governments, and schools. But for what? For greater certainty and probability that they will know what we are going to do next. It provides security for their bottom lines and institutions. I'm not saying it's wrong. I'm saying it's a fact. The more information we have, the more knowledge we procure, the greater the power we have over others. So it goes (and has gone).
A poignant dialog in Sneakers lays this point out nicely. To set the scene (if you haven't seen the movie), Robert Redford's character is reunited with his old college mate Cosmo, played by Ben Kingsly, after his thugs kidnapped him. Redford's character left him to the authorities for a hacking job they did together in college. Now we see what has come to be since then. Check it out.