Transparency requirements are a common denominator in scholarly and policy debates on platform governance. Generally seen as a precondition for corporate accountability, transparency is a recommendation that almost all policy proposals, legal initiatives and stakeholder proposals share. Yet when it comes to how exactly such transparency should be given shape, there is much less consensus or clarity.
This Report aims to provide some guidance on how to operationalize transparency measures for platform governance, by taking inspiration from established transparency-frameworks. In particular, it focuses on enabling data access for public interest research, and issues regarding data protection compliance and companies’ strong incentives against sharing data.