One of the points that Brin brings up in _The Transparent Society_ is that
the incidence of stone throwing might be reduced when everyone resides
in a glass house. (come to think of it, he also points out that the
of throne-stowing is reduced in such cases -- but only with public,
A quick visit to the local county Hall of Records should prove convincing
there's quite a bit more than online behavior being archived. (and that
retrieval systems were fairly sophisticated before automation, but clerks
require different optimizations than machines) A good reverse-directory
It's too bad that Lotus MarketPlace(??) was never released.
If God meant Man to walk around naked, he'd be born that way.
 http://www.wwlia.org/hist.htm: the mention of the earliest concern with
symmetric transparency of which I am aware was circa 2350BC, when an
administrative reform was composed such that "citizens were allowed to know
why certain actions were punished"
 office equipment ads from the 60's show the transition: large machines
with electronic interfaces to jukebox manila file folders.