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.
Good to know
Uncover statistics or information to back up your campaigns.
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.
Run an FOI site in your own country
Alaveteli for organisations and activists
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
Aiding journalists around the world
Our next-level FOI toolkit Alaveteli Pro is helping investigations in many countries.
FOI in the public sector
for staff dealing with inbound information requests
As local councils deal with increasing volumes of FOI requests, intelligent implementation of tech can help ease the burden.
Our FOI Works 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.
Research and evidence
Better case management of FOI and SARs: Benefits cases
Freedom of Information in Local Government
Developing transparency through digital means
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