Toolkit

This page will help you get started with Silk's Transparency Report Database. Silk is a tool that allows you to easily structure and visualize data to tell stories with a mixture of text, charts, graphs, videos, images and tables or grids.  Anyone can query Silk and remix visualizations in real-time and then share their results. It's a great tool for audience engagement. No programming or sophisticated spreadsheet skills are required. 

We decided to combine Silk's powerful interface for exploring information with Transparency Reports data because, to our knowledge, nothing similar exists. Privacy-activists, NGOs and the general public need an aggregated and updated resource to quickly analyze, visualize and understand requests for user data from the world's governments and how often technology service providers comply with these requests. 

Turning Data into Stories: What We've Discovered

Here are some examples of queries and of the findings they produced. You can read the reports, explore the visualizations and share or embed anything that you find interesting - whether it is something we made or something you built starting from our suggestion. (The "Embed" and "Share" buttons make this very easy) 

If you are still confused about how to visualize data with our interface, we have an extensive list of quick tutorials available.

How You Can Use This Resource

One of the most interesting benefits you can get from Silk is using the Explore button you see either in the top left of the pages or on the top right corner of each visualizations. By clicking on it, you enter what we like to call "Explore Mode": an extremely user-friendly interface that lets you explore, visualize, combine and filter all the data that is in this Silk. In this case, data is organized in three main collections: Companies, Countries and and Time Periods. Each collection has individual pages (on the single companies, countries, or time periods) that contain facts about it. Pages in the same collections are structured to have the same key facts, so that it is possible to compare their values across the different pages, for instance in the Explore Mode. A simple example would be looking at the pages in the Country collection and selecting the total number of government requests received as the key fact to display. 

Other than making queries and visualizations in the Explore Mode,  the individual pages in each collection are interesting source of information in themselves, containing reports specific to that country/company/time period. And this is the biggest power of Silk: working with data doesn't mean having to look only at numbers, but being also able to locate each data point in its context. 

To see some examples of this an familiarize yourself with the information we have collected, you can click and open the different collections.

About Our Methodology

We are aware that we might be covering sensible and complex issues. For this reason we believe that we should extensively document our data processing methods. If you follow this link, you can read more about the sources we used, how we aggregated the data and how we computed new variables. If you still think that we're not transparent enough, feel free to contact us with feedback and suggestions.



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