The Future of Speech Online: Making Transparency Meaningful

future of online speech event image


  • December 14, 2021 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EST)



The Future of Speech Online: Making Transparency Meaningful

Hosted by Center for Democracy & Technology and the Charles Koch Institute

Transparency is in high demand in tech policy: Advocates are calling for more information to help fight discrimination and empower users to speak online, researchers are seeking access to data to better understand the online environment, and lawmakers are demanding answers from tech companies at high-profile hearings. Whether people are concerned about online services restricting too much, too little, or not the right speech, everyone seems to agree that more transparency would improve the status quo.

But what do we mean by transparency? What kinds of information do people actually want, and what problems will it help us solve? 

The fifth annual Future of Speech Online event, which takes place on December 14-16, 2021, from 12-2 pm each day, will tackle these questions and more. Join us for:

  • in-depth discussions about how to take a user-centric approach to transparency and what kinds of hurdles stand in the way of independent research on social media services; 
  • an interactive session on building a better transparency report; 
  • reflections on the global advocacy campaign around the Santa Clara Principles, and what’s coming next; and
  • a lively discussion of whether transparency mandates will hold up in court in the US, the EU, and around the world.

Registrants are invited to attend one session, several, or all. 

A full agenda, as well as registration, speakers, and sponsor information, is available here. We hope to see you there!

Add this event to your calendar: Google Calendar, iCal