TOWARDS MEANINGFUL AND INTEROPERABLE TRANSPARENCY FOR DIGITAL PLATFORMS

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Website/link: https://www.intgovforum.org/en/filedepot_download/57/23886

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Published date: November 30, 2022

Author: BELLI, Luca; CURZI, Yasmin Curzi, ALMEIDA, Clara, COUTO, Natália, RADU,Roxana, WEBER, Rolf H. and BROWN, Ian.

Subject tag: Advertising | Algorithmic systems | Disinformation and misinformation | Platform transparency | Terrorism and violent extremism

Transparency and accountability are crucial mechanisms to ensure that decisions from private and public organizations are legitimate and trustworthy. Concerning specifically digital platforms, scholars, experts and digital rights organizations have been developing studies on what such concepts mean and highlighting their relevance for policymaking. Historically, platforms are self-regulated actors, making their own private ordering with content moderation and terms of service. Pressures towards transparency, accountability and democratic commitments have been
leading policymakers worldwide to produce legislation in order to address such deficits. Nevertheless, national regulation can often lead to more internet fragmentation. In this article, we develop the idea of “interoperable transparency” to address this issue, suggesting standardized practices and methodologies for its implementation.