In this session, we will bring together panelist from civil societies (Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan) and corporations (Google, Mozilla, Yahoo), each of whom are responsible for their own transparency report. These transparency reports either try to disclose the data request or content removal/block statistics and law basis in different countries, or reveal the related statistics or policies the corporation received or applied. With these transparency reports, these people or corporations try to tell the people truth and urge the governments to follow the law to do the related administration or even reduce the frequency of request sending.
However, unfortunately, in the past, these two kinds of transparency report seldom interact with each other. But it’s indeed very important to clarify the differences and common goals between corporate and civil societies’ reports. It provides both two sides the possibility to understand how they could improve their transparency reports and let their reports become more and more effectiveness (if they want to continuously make the reports). Hence, in this session, each of the Panelists will briefly share their experience in making a transparency report and then provide some thoughts or ideas for the three issues below:
(1) For making the statistics, is there any insufficiency or difficulty for both types of reports? and how to improve it so that the reader of Corporation’s transparency report or Civil Society’s report could be easier to compare or take one side as a reference for the other?
(2) In terms of the policy or legal advocacy part, what are the “focal points” or “challenges” from the aspect of corporations/civil societies? How to combine/negotiate/solve/make good use of those different/same points or challenges more smoothly and effectively so that we could urge the public sectors do related legal change? ?
(3) Based on the above two points, is there anything or goal (no matter short term or long term) which corporations/civil societies could do to protect the values which they defend?