Alongside its "Internet for Trust" conference happening later this month, UNESCO is developing a set of draft guidelines for regulating digital platforms. Public feedback is now being sought on version 2.0 of the guidelines until 8 March 2023, and will be incorporated into a further draft (version 3.0).
One of the four areas being examined through the guidelines is platform transparency, so we are encouraging all ACT members to look at the guidelines and make comments (especially because these guidelines will potentially be highly impactful internationally).
We are aware of the following submissions already submitted by ACT and GNI members:
The Global Network Initiative (GNI) - available here
Article 19's submission - available here
Ranking Digital Rights' submission - available here
Global Partners Digital's submission - available here
Wikimedia Foundation's submission - available here
And a submission from GNI member Derechos Digitales - available here
If you are planning on attending UNESCO's conference in Paris from 21-23 February 2023, then please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Representatives from across the ACT – including Article 19, Google, Meta, and Wikimedia – will be attending, as well as various Advisory Group and Steering Group members. For members attending, these talking points about the ACT as well as this one-page flier may also be useful resources.
One area of particular interest to the ACT is the potential human rights risks of enhanced transparency regimes in different national contexts. This is one topic among a list of overall topics that we think merit discussion across the ACT, as shared recently. If you are interested to participate in or facilitate a discussion on any of these topics this year, then please get in touch.