Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) > Academic Seminars > 1 October 2012 - The Role of Transparency in an Information Society

The Role of Transparency in an Information Society


1st October 2012
EUI - Badia Fiesolana - Sala Capitolo
from 3pm to 5pm.

CMPF Academic Seminar:  

The role of Transparency in an information society 
Dorothy Chou - Senior Policy Analyst at Google

Our society was founded on the principle that individuals grant governments the authority to create and enforce laws that protect and uphold their fundamental rights. But while this authority over policy creation used to rest with the rich and powerful by default, today the Internet has tipped the scales in favor of empowering individuals to make informed decisions for themselves and hold governments accountable. Providing instant access to information and communication, the Internet is literally “one of the most powerful instruments of the 21st century for increasing transparency in the conduct of the powerful, access to information, and for facilitating active citizen participation in building democratic societies” as declared by UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue.

transparency-report In many cases, the power of this medium makes governments uncomfortable -- and it's not always the ones one might think. Moreover, with intermediaries playing a curatorial role in providing access to information, citizens now have two different sets of policies to consider. What should governments and companies do to ensure they reflect the best interests of their users and constituents? Do they have a responsibility to do so, and are responsibilities for public and private entities different? During this session, we'll discuss how transparency reporting can provide modern checks and balances in the information age, and what that actually means in practice


Dorothy-ChouDorothy Chou is a Senior Policy Analyst and leads Google's policy efforts to increase Transparency. She manages the day-to-day operations of the Central Public Policy team at Google's headquarters, and handles government relations for Google's Crisis Response/Disaster Relief projects as well as issues concerning Internet jurisdiction. Dorothy began working for Google in the Washington, D.C. office five years ago, managing issues around China, free expression and child safety before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. Dorothy holds a B.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service.

For further information please contact Dr.Andrea Calderaro

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