The Stockholm Principles for governmental transparency reporting

The Stockholm principles were launched in Stockholm on April 19, 2012, by Joakim Jardenberg and several associates. The original report, launched in a beta format in order to receive comments and feedback, has since been taken off line. However, many groups have pointed to it as a leading example of how best to monitor government transparency reporting. Below are the highlights of the proposed principles:

  1. These principles apply when governments report on the state of the free and open Internet under its rule, and want to actively make data available to their citizens to ensure that citizens know what the state of net freedom is in their country.
  2. A transparency report must cover the following items:
    1. What content the government limits access to.
    2. What rules and regulations limit access to content.
    3. How those rules and laws can be changed and when the government can deviate from them.
  3. A transparency report should also contain as extensive reporting as possible on content take-downs, user data access requests, internet wiretapping and similar uses of steps that could restrict net freedom.
  4. A transparency report should also contain a list of the sources used for that reporting. Those sources should be available in raw format.
  5. Transparency reporting should be done in an open, accessible and standardized format.
  6. Governments should organize and build information systems that allow for easy collection of data concerning Internet freedom.
  7. Governments should update the data at a minimum every year, but where possible, the report should be updated quarterly.

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