This brief sets out the rationale for exploring a framework for greater transparency of internet companies as part of UNESCO’s ongoing multi-stakeholder work to promote and protect human rights in the digital ecosystem.1 Focused especially on companies that provide services that manage content and which impact on expression in various ways, the brief outlines the potential impact of these companies on concerns such as freedom of expression and privacy, through to the impact on democracy more generally, as well as issues of the free flow of information and knowledge, media and information literacy, scientific research and cultural identity.
The paper reviews existing transparency mechanisms of a selection of companies as well as some of the initiatives that seek to promote greater transparency. Looking at the advantages and limitations of current approaches, it discusses the value of a unifying initiative to elaborate the meaning of transparency for key digital actors.
p/o Virginie Gastine Menou
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