Transparency Reporting as a Tool for Internet Governance

3 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey

Agenda

IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Internet and Human Rights

Description

Transparency reporting by international ICT companies about the legal requests they receive, demanding disclosure of user data or takedowns of content, is quickly becoming common. Less common is transparency reporting by governments, although some countries are beginning to issue rudimentary data about their requests to companies.

The growing prevalence of transparency reports raises important questions about the role of such reporting in the future of Internet governance. What standards are developing around these reports, and how can those standards be internationalized and enforced? How effective are these reports as a governance mechanism for insuring accountability and respect for human rights online by both ICT companies and governments, and how could they be made more effective? How have policy makers and civil society advocates been making use of this new set of data to impact how the Internet is governed, and how could it be used better?

Join us for a panel discussion bringing together academics, advocates and ICT companies to lay out the state of the art in transparency reporting, identify its strengths and shortcomings as a tool for Internet governance, recount the experiences of companies and advocates that have developed or made use of transparency reports to promote human rights and inform Internet governance processes, and propose goals and best practices for the transparency reporting field that we hope to see fulfilled in the future.

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

David Sullivan
Civil Society
Global Network Initiative

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?

yes

The link to the workshop report

http://wsms1.intgovforum.org/content/no169-internet-policy-infrastructure-sustainable-internet-development-lessons-attempts-ip-en#report

Type of session

Panel

Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#transparency #privacy #censorship #accountability #governance

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Ryan Budish
Civil Society
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard
contacted and confirmed

Marc Crandall
Private Sector
Google
contacted and confirmed

Patrik Hiselius
Private Sector
Teliasonera
contacted and confirmed

Susan Morgan
Civil Society
Global Network Initiative
contacted and confirmed

Juliana Nulasco
Civil Society
Rio Institute for Technology and Society
contacted and confirmed

Pranesh Prakash
Civil Society
Centre for Internet and Society / Yale Information Society Project
contacted and confirmed

Wendy Seltzer
Technical Community
World Wide Web Consortium
contacted and confirmed

Kevin Bankston (Moderator)
Civil Society
Open Technology Institute at New America
contacted and confirmed

Danielle Kehl (Remote Moderator)
Civil Society
Open Technology Institute at New America
contacted and confirmed

Name of Moderator(s)

Kevin Bankston

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Danielle Kehl

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

Civil society representatives Bankston and Seltzer will summarize the state of the art in regard to transparency reports on requests for data and content takedowns, respectively; Private sector representatives Hiselius and Chou will describe the challenges and rewards of issuing transparency reports; and civil society representatives Lemos and Prakesh will discuss how transparency reports have and have not been helpful in policy advocacy and how they might be improved. Interactive discussion with local and remote audience will follow, with a focus on what features of transparency reports have proven most useful and what additional features the audience would like to see in upcoming transparency reports.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

The workshop organizers and panelists will make a concerted effort to maximize the opportunity to participate remotely at the IGF, with a focus on encouraging participation via questions posed through social media such as Twitter. Panelists will also publicize the panel via blogs, membership lists, etc. in order to encourage remote participation and questions.

Background paper

No background paper provided

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