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 ACT 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.
Current Steering Group members include: the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Center for Technology & Society at Fundação Getulio Vargas, the Centre for Communications Governance at the National Law University Delhi, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council, the Global Network Initiative, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and the Partnership on Countering Influence Operations at the Carnegie Institute for International Peace.
The ACT aims to bring together a wide range of academics, civil society organizations, companies, governments, and international organizations to work on collaboratively on digital transparency, including by:
(i) clarifying relevant definitions and terminology
(ii) mapping existing and identify missing efforts
(iii) sharing lessons learned
(iv) identifying opportunities for alignment and coordination
(v) producing recommendations for companies, donors, researchers, and governments