Hong Kong Transparency Report @RightsCon transparency reporting panel

Hong Kong Transparency Report @RightsCon transparency reporting panel

Hong Kong Transparency Report’s Jennifer Zhang presented HKTR’s research project on a transparency reporting panel at RightsCon in Manila on 24 March. Jennifer was joined by Jiwon Sohn from South Korea Transparency Report, Ben Blink from Google, Craig Choy from Keyboard Frontline, Peter Micek from Access, and Charles Mok from Hong Kong Legislative Council. The panel was moderated by Peter.

A brief introduction of the panel:

Strength in Numbers: Transparency Reporting and the Search for Meaning

What we don’t know can hurt us. Starting with government requests for user data, transparency reports have emerged as a one-stop shop to learn about the scope and scale of surveillance online. But do they make a difference in how governments or companies protect our data and networks?

We’ll have a provocative debate about the utility of transparency reporting. Is it really useful? Do users even care to read them? Are they a waste of time? Shouldn’t governments be doing them? Yes, but that won’t stop the march toward sunlight in the sector. Let’s find ways to align reporting, at least at the country-level, to benchmark progress toward respect for privacy and free expression online.

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