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Wednesday, September 3 • 9:00am - 10:30am
WS188: Transparency Reporting as a Tool for Internet Governance

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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.


Kevin Bankston

Policy Director, Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation
Kevin Bankston is the Policy Director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, where he works in the public interest to promote a stronger and more open Internet for a stronger and more open society, with a focus on issues of Internet surveillance and censorship... Read More →
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Pranesh Prakash

Policy Director, Centre for Internet and Society
Pranesh Prakash is a Policy Director at — and was part of the founding team of — the Centre for Internet and Society, a Bangalore-based non-profit that engages in research and policy advocacy. He is also the Legal Lead at Creative Commons India and an Affiliated Fellow at the... Read More →


Ryan Budish

Fellow, Berkman Center, Harvard University
Ryan Budish is a fellow at the Berkman Center and the Project Director of Herdict, which uses crowdsourcing to present a real-time view of Internet accessibility around the world. In addition to Herdict, Ryan focuses on issues of privacy, government surveillance, transparency, and... Read More →

Marc Crandall

Head of Global Compliance, Enterprise, Google Inc.
Marc Crandall serves as head of global compliance, enterprise, at Google, where he addresses security and privacy compliance matters regarding Google’s cloud-based services. Marc has also served as product counsel for Google, where he addressed legal issues concerning the development... Read More →

Patrik Hiselius

Senior Advisor, TeliaSonera
Patrik Hiselus has been working with IT and Law in an international context since the beginning of the 90's. He has served as specialist on ICT regulatory matters, as company lawyer negotiating content contracts, as specialist in national and international public affairs and, today... Read More →

Susan Morgan

Executive Director, The Global Network Initiative
Susan Morgan became the first Executive Director of the Global Network Initiative (GNI) in June 2010. As Executive Director, Susan is responsible for continuing to make GNI a leading voice in defending and promoting freedom of expression and privacy in the information and communications... Read More →

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Danielle Kehl

Policy Analyst, Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation
Danielle Kehl is a policy analyst at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, where she works on technology policy and how it intersects with broader domestic and foreign policy concerns. Her main areas of focus are broadband policy and Internet freedom. Her writing... Read More →

Wednesday September 3, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Workshop Room 04 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 2)

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