Uncover new stories and drive campaigns forward for citizens, journalists and campaigners

Freedom of Information is a powerful way to hold authorities to account. It’s a citizen’s right which is upheld in many countries around the world, and a tool by which we can monitor what publicly-funded bodies are doing on our behalf.

mySociety’s FOI tools are designed to clarify and simplify the process. They help anyone—experienced or not—to make a request, quickly and simply.

If you’re a journalist who wants to uncover hidden facts, a citizen who wants to know more about how your money is spent, or a campaigner ferreting out information, you’ll find that these tools take the hard work out of requesting data from public authorities.

WhatDoTheyKnow for citizens and campaigners


Request and make use of free information

Make FOI requests to over 19,000 public authorities in the UK, or browse a massive online public archive of information, for free.

Find out about how you can use WhatDoTheyKnow.

Run an FOI site in your own country

WhatDoTheyKnow is powered by our Open Source platform, Alavateli — also the software behind FOI sites in over 25 countries worldwide. Find out how you can use this free platform to run your own service.

Become part of the Alaveteli community

WhatDoTheyKnowPro for journalists and researchers


Start making stories today

Make bulk requests to multiple authorities, and keep sensitive stories embargoed until publication.

Learn more about WhatDoTheyKnowPro.

Soon available to journalists around the world

Watch this space to discover if next-level FOI toolkit AlaveteliPro will come to your country soon.

Find out more about AlaveteliPro around the world.

Need help managing FOI requests?

We’re thinking about the types of services authorities might to help manage inbound information requests.

Is this something you need help with? Interested in finding out more?

Get in touch with us.

Research and evidence

Uncover statistics or information to back up your campaigns.

See how you can use our FOI services for campaigning.