Transparency is vital to ensure accountability towards the public and internet users, and transparency reporting on counterterrorism efforts provide insight on to what extent human rights and fundamental freedoms are respected across the internet as part of the campaign to tackle terrorist use of the internet.
These Guidelines seek to improve transparency and accountability from governments and tech companies around online counterterrorism activities. The Guidelines serve as a starting point for increased transparency, and it is our aim that all governments and companies will report on the baseline set out in the Guidelines.
Government transparency is vital to ensure that governments are accountable to their citizens and to internet users. We ask governments to report on the legal basis that underpins their online counterterrorism activities and on their commitment to international law.
We also ask governments to detail the processes and systems they use to discover, report, and store terrorist content and activity, and what redress mechanisms they provide. Lastly, we ask governments to quantitatively report on their counterterrorism activities.