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 19,000 public authorities in the UK, or browse a massive online public archive of information, for free.
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.
WhatDoTheyKnow Pro for journalists and researchers
Start making stories today
Make bulk requests to multiple authorities, and keep sensitive stories embargoed until publication.
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.
Need help managing FOI requests?
Check out our groundbreaking service for public authorities, FOI for Councils.
If that sounds like something you need, get in touch.
Research and evidence
Uncover statistics or information to back up your campaigns.
Savita Bailur, Tom Longley
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