Utah Transparency Project was born out of a student think tank located at the Honors College of the University of Utah. For four months, students in the think tank explored issues related to privacy and transparency in an increasingly interconnected world. As a result, a wealth of knowledge and information has been compiled at the think tank's official site here.

The Deseret News and KSL News have both featured the think tank and the issues it explores. Read the Deseret News story here.

Faculty Advisor:

Randy Dryer is the University of Utah Presidential Honors Professor and teaches at both the Honors College and the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Student Participants:

Alex Boren is a sophomore at the University of Utah currently studying Philosophy but has many other academic interests, including Sociology and English. He has been involved in music for most of his life and a member of the Ute Drumline for two years. With no occupational or academic plans yet after graduation, Alex is enjoying his time at the University of Utah and views learning as an end in itself.

Marianne Carpenter is double-majoring in Accounting and Information Systems at the University of Utah. She is a volunteer with the US Dream Academy, member of the Social Justice Scholars, TEK club, Mortar Board, and various other associations. One day she aspires to work as an information-technology security professional.

Tanner Gould is a sophomore at the University of Utah, studying mathematics and design. He has always had a passion for politics and is excited to help change them for the better, especially at the local level. His Think Tank project analyzed the current presidential administration’s open government policies in the executive branch.

Theresa Krause is a second year Computer Science major at the University of Utah. She loves technology and the exciting new opportunities it has created, which helped her choose her major. She is involved in Alpha Phi, the Computer Science Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee, and the Honors College here at the University.

Tianna Tu is a sophomore at the University of Utah currently majoring in Political Science and English. She aspires to obtain a dual degree in Law and either Public Administration or Business so that she can eventually work with the State Department in developing U.S. and East Asian relations. When not spending time on schoolwork or extracurricular activities, Tianna enjoys hiking Utah’s beautiful mountains, reading, and painting.


The Think Tank



April 18 - Student representatives met with UAC advocating adoption of the best pracitces. Citing concerns relating to costs and burdens, the council has taken the matter "under advisement."

Thank You to all those who made the kickoff a sucess.

April 11 - Kick off for The Project's Campaign will be at the Hinckley Caucus Room on the campus of the University of Utah at 2:00pm

March 30 - The Utah League of Women Voters has officially endorsed the Best Practices and the Utah Transparency Project. Read more under Progess.

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