Uncover facts, bring about change, and drive campaigns forward
for citizens, journalists, campaigners and researchers

Through our work in Transparency, we support Freedom of Information sites in countries around the world.

We’re developing new services to support the work of journalists and campaigners, and conducting research to build the evidence base for how transparency and access to information laws can help citizens become more active and engaged.

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 24,000 public authorities in the UK, or browse a massive online public archive of information, for free.

Find out about how you can use WhatDoTheyKnow.

for organisations and activists

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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

WhatDoTheyKnow Pro for journalists, campaigners and researchers


A toolset for professional users of FOI

Everything journalists, researchers and campaigners need to conduct investigations.

Start making stories today

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

Learn more about WhatDoTheyKnow Pro.

Soon available to journalists around the world

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

Find out more about Alaveteli Pro around the world.

FOI for Councils
for staff dealing with inbound information requests

FOI For Councils

Supporting FOI in the public sector

As local councils deal with increasing volumes of FOI requests, intelligent implementation of tech can help ease the burden.

Our FOI for Councils tool streamlines workflows and has been proven to lessen request volumes by pointing users towards responses that have already been published online.

Read more about our research-based tool for authorities

Good to know

Uncover statistics or information to back up your campaigns.

See how you can use our FOI services for campaigning.

Research and evidence