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Thursday, May 17 • 16:00 - 17:00
Transparency Reporting: The New Frontier

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Over the past seven years a striking increase in voluntary company disclosure by internet and telecommunications companies of government requests for user data has substantially increased our collective ability to defend and protect the human right to privacy.

However, the new frontier for law enforcement relationship reporting will be to spread the practice to two categories of organizations:

* Companies in other industries that also receive requests for data and assistance from law enforcement agencies.

* Civil society and academic organizations publishing reports that use and interpret data and information published by governments.

There are many reasons why companies in other industries will collaborate with law enforcement agencies, such as transport companies addressing human trafficking, tourism companies seeking to prevent child sexual abuse, and financial services companies tackling money laundering, in addition to criminal investigations or matters of national security. Collaboration with law enforcement in these industries will only grow with the internet of things, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence—however, the public currently lacks sufficient insight into how companies are navigating this challenge.

There are also many reasons why civil society and academic organizations will seek to publish the transparency reports related to their local government. For example, all data or content requests are undertaken by government, meaning that if governments could be supervised directly to follow rule of law and make proportionate and necessary requests, citizens could efficiently make sure their digital rights are well protected. Recent transparency reports issued in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea are excellent examples of this trend in practice.

This session will discuss what needs to happen to achieve this goal of spreading the practice of law enforcement relationship reporting to (1) companies in other industries and (2) civil society and academic organizations publishing their own analysis, and discuss lessons learned from some of the leading cases to date—including how to ensure that readers make good use of the reported information.

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Michaela Lee

Manager, Human Rights and Tech, BSR
Michaela is a Manager with BSR's human rights practice and advises multinational companies on ways to drive impact through human rights, sustainability, and multi-stakeholder collaboration. She specializes in tech and human rights issues with ICT companies and covers the cross-industry... Read More →

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Dunstan Allison-Hope

Managing Director, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
Dunstan leads BSR's human rights, inclusive economy, and women's empowerment practice areas. Dunstan's specialist fields are human rights due diligence in the technology sector and sustainability reporting and disclosure. Dunstan facilitated the multistakeholder process which led... Read More →

Adam Blinick

Director of Public Policy and Communications, Uber Canada
Prior to joining Uber, Adam held many senior roles in the Canadian government, including Deputy Chief of Staff to the Minister of Public Safety, Director of Policy to the Minister of Transport, and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister. Adam holds a Masters in International Affairs... Read More →
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Benjamin Zhou

Project Manager, Hong Kong Transparency Report
Hong Kong Transparency Report is an independent project under Journalism and Media Study Centre of The University of Hong Kong. We report on user data content removal requests in Hong Kong.

Thursday May 17, 2018 16:00 - 17:00 EDT