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A New Social Contract: the Role of Transparency in an Information Society

January 24, 2012
01:00PM - 02:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500
3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, 19104

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Categories: Seminar

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.

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 seminar, Dorothy Chou will discuss how transparency reporting can provide modern checks and balances in the information age, and what that actually means in practice.

Dorothy Chou is a Senior Policy Analyst and leads Google’s policy efforts to increase transparency, and serves as the policy lead for the Google Transparency Report. 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 the Data Liberation Front

This is the first event in the Center for Global Communication Studies Spring 2012 Seminar Series