WhatDoTheyKnow.com from mySociety

WhatDoTheyKnow.com from mySociety

At a glance

Causes

  • Animals / wildlife
  • Arts
  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Campaigning
  • Children / families
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Counselling / advice
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Emergency Services / Armed Forces
  • Environment
  • Faith and ethics
  • Financial inclusion
  • Gardens and parks
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Human rights
  • International development
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender
  • Local / community
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Museums / heritage
  • Older people / later life
  • Physical disabilities
  • Poverty relief
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Social care
  • Sports
  • Substance misuse
  • Training / employment support
  • Voluntary sector support
  • Women
  • Young people

Other details

Geographical remit: 
International
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Objectives

WhatDoTheyKnow.com helps people and organisations, including journalists, campaigners, activists, and academics obtain information from public bodies. 

We enable people to make requests for information in public on our website and we automatically publish the subsequent correspondence and any response. 

Our service enables the media, campaigners and others to cite their sources when taking action based on information released, improving the quality, effectiveness, and credibility, of reports, research and lobbying.  What we do informs public debate and supports our democratic system.  

Activities

We run our website at WhatDoTheyKnow.com on which, at the time of writing, 681,180 requests for information to 24,754 authorities have been made. 

We support our users by providing advice, keeping our database of public bodies up to date, and we strive to respond responsibly to requests to take material down from our website.

We campaign for greater transparency in the public sector, and specifically for more effective, and better enforced, access to information laws.

WhatDoTheyKnow.com is one of a number of projects/services run by mySociety

Current opportunities

Can you help us recruit, retain, and coordinate the efforts of, volunteers working on all aspects of our service?

WhatDoTheyKnow.com is a service which enables people to make requests for information to public bodies online. We need help dealing with all the...

We are looking for volunteers to help us do more to highlight, and encourage, great uses of our Freedom of Information website WhatDoTheyKnow.com...

At WhatDoTheyKnow we document how we run our service via an internal wiki, and public facing help pages, both could benefit from some love and...

While running WhatDoTheyKnow.com for over ten years we have constantly been developing and improving our data protection practices, we'd welcome...

We're seeking help dealing with the legal issues which arise from running WhatDoTheyKnow.com. Issues include requests to remove material from our...

At WhatDoTheyKnow.com we maintain what we believe is the largest existing database of UK public bodies. This database underpins our service which...

Previous placements

  • Paralegal
  • Data Protection Consultant