As the use of digital platforms and services expands across the globe, so too does the need to better understand how they operate and how companies and governments collect and use the data that they generate. While no single actor or stakeholder group can solve the challenges of the digital age alone, barriers to transparency and information sharing continue to prevent deeper understanding of and collaborative approaches to address these challenges.
The action coalition seeks to circumvent these barriers by identifying existing work and opportunities, socializing shared understandings and language; developing a repository of shared resources, identifying and sharing lessons learned, facilitating dialogue and trust building, and fostering collaboration.
The action coalition brings together a wide range of academics, civil society organizations, companies, governments, and international organizations to work collaboratively on digital transparency, including by:
1) Clarifying relevant definitions and terminology
2) Mapping existing and identify missing efforts
3) Sharing lessons learned
4) Identifying opportunities for alignment and coordination
5) Producing recommendations for companies, donors, researchers, and governments
The work is be carried out via public and private events and workshops, one-on-one consultations, and ongoing research and dialogue, driven by the project lead. We will communicate updates publicly on the work of the ACT on a regular basis.
Alongside developing a digital map of the transparency policy landscape, the AC has engaged in several external events and consultations, including World Press Freedom Day, DG Connect briefing session, Learning sessions at 360/OS and RightsCon.
The AC has assembled and coordinated a diverse expert Advisory Group to support the work of the AC. Moreover, AC has developed a web-based portal mapping key initiatives and information from a global perspective as well as sharing briefing document with DG Connect on key issues and personnel relevant to the DSA. With support from Omidyar, work has intensified since August 2022 and the AC is moving from its establishment phase and into period of execution and outreach.