TTP is an information and research hub for journalists, academics, policymakers and members of the public interested in exploring the influence of the major technology platforms on politics, policy, and our lives.
TTP launched in 2016 as the Google Transparency Project, then a lonely critical voice of Big Tech. GTP’s in-depth research and analysis has drawn significant attention to Google’s self-serving attempts to influence government and public policy. Google is now subject to increased scrutiny by policymakers. TTP now covers the power and influence of all the major technology companies.
TTP is a research initiative of Campaign for Accountability (CfA), a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog organization that uses research, litigation, and aggressive communications to expose misconduct and malfeasance in public life.
TTP is led by CfA Executive Director Daniel Stevens. TTP works with a team of researchers, data scientists and other experts to create research, articles and data analysis that hold tech platforms accountable. TTP is a member of the Freedom from Facebook coalition and partners with a range of civic groups pressing for accountability from the tech platforms. To ensure the independence of our work, TTP does not accept any donations from corporations.
Technology platforms such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple have come to dominate virtually every aspect of our lives—not always with a positive impact. At the same time, large technology companies are subject to vastly less regulatory oversight than their counterparts in almost all other business sectors.
The tech companies have avoided regulation, at least in part by, building significant influence machines in Washington, D.C. and in capitals around the globe. These networks have impeded the work of antitrust agencies and ensured any policies enacted advances their financial interests, frequently at the expense of the public.
The result is a mismatch between the effect these companies have on people’s lives, and citizens’ ability to affect those companies through the usual political process. TTP is a much-needed effort to redress the balance. It aims to give the public, journalists, academics, and policymakers the tools to understand the impact of technology platforms on our public policies and our everyday lives. Using public records research, data analysis, open-records requests and more, our in-depth research empowers the public to demand that the technology platforms serve us, instead of the other way around.