GUEST EDITORIAL Introduction to the Special Issue Using Transparency to Achieve Equality

Dominique Allen
Associate Professor, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Alysia Blackham
Associate Professor and Discovery Early Career Researcher at Melbourne Law School University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Margaret Thornton  
Emerita Professor and Public Policy Fellow in the ANU College of Law Australian National University, Canberra ACT, Australia


This Guest Editorial introduces a Special Issue of Law in Context which considers how the collection of large-scale data by government entities and organisations might advance the equality agenda across diverse areas of public life, and how best to manage the risks of this emerging strategy. Drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives and the insights of policymakers, the articles and comments listed below seek to develop new principles to guide government and organisational activity in this novel endeavour.


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Allen D, Blackham A, Thornton M. GUEST EDITORIAL Introduction to the Special Issue Using Transparency to Achieve Equality. LiC [Internet]. 2021Sep.9 [cited 2022May24];37(2):6-11. Available from:

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