PARALLEL SESSION - Center for Democracy & Technology/Global Network Initiative

Parallel Session #12

Center for Democracy & Technology / Global Network Initiative - Surveillance Reforms: Toward Transparency and Accountability

The central topic of this panel was the effort to increase governmental transparency and accountability regarding surveillance programs. The transparency reports of large Internet corporations were held up as useful models, but the culture of secrecy in government agencies is something that those kinds of reports don’t address. Increased parliamentary oversight, an informed public, good journalists, corporate advocacy efforts, and an active civil society were all seen as necessary elements in holding governments accountable. One theme became abundantly clear over the course of the discussion: the debate is only just getting started.