This meeting will focus on the need for greater transparency from digital platforms. In 2021, governments around the world will introduce new legislation and regulations to combat online harms, move forward with antitrust proceedings and update online privacy protections for their citizens. These and other initiatives will require governments to understand the extent to which the major digital platforms are in compliance with government policies, legislation and regulation. While many platforms report on their activities in combatting online hate, these reports cannot be independently verified. This lack of transparency makes it impossible for governments to verify whether these companies are enforcing their own policies or complying with the law.
The session will hear from leading experts and network colleagues about the need for transparency, as well as the importance of civil society and researchers. The meeting will also serve to launch the Global Platform Governance Network Transparency Working Group, which helps our members to align their government’s efforts and find common ground among colleagues from around the world.
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Chris Beall is the policy lead, platform governance, with the digital economy research team at CIGI. Chris was most recently the founding director of the Digital Citizen Initiative at the Department of Canadian Heritage.