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OpenNet Transparency Project is an effort from the OpenNet Initiative to create a common data format for companies to report government requests for their data and other transparency related information. This project is inspired by the Google Transparency Report and seeks to encourage more companies to make data on government requests publicly available in a standardized and flexible schema. For further analysis and dissemination of this information, the OpenNet Initiative will compile data sources in a publicly accessible Web platform.

The OpenNet Initiative is a collaborative partnership of three institutions: the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; and the SecDev Group (Ottawa).

Our aim is to investigate, expose and analyze Internet filtering and surveillance practices in a rigorous, objective manner. We intend to uncover the potential pitfalls and unintended consequences of these practices, and thus help to inform better public policy and advocacy work in this area. To achieve these aims, the ONI employs a unique multi-disciplinary approach that includes:

Development and deployment of a suite of technical enumeration tools and core methodologies for the study of Internet filtering and surveillance; Capacity-building among networks of local advocates and researchers; Advanced studies exploring the consequences of current and future trends and trajectories in filtering and surveillance practices, and their implications for domestic and international law and governance regimes.

To view the proposed format for sharing government request data please see the project wiki.

If you are interested in further information or becoming a project contributor please email

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