Fireflies and Algorithms: Reading List

Last week, OpenCorporates published Fireflies and Algorithms: The Coming Explosion of Companies. We initially had some qualms about writing the piece. Would it accelerate a move towards a future where companies  can come into existence for brief periods of time, like fireflies in the night, and then disappear? In the end we saw enough pointers … Continue reading Fireflies and Algorithms: Reading List

OpenCorporates Responds to Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Consultation: could this be the end of money laundering in the UK housing market?

This summer, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) authored a draft bill to create a register of beneficial owners for overseas entities that own land in the UK.  As part of our work advocating for more open company data, OpenCorporates responded to the public consultation on the draft legislation. A brief summary, and our full response, is available below.

OpenCorporates smashes 150 million barrier!

At OpenCorporates, our mission is simple: Make company data more accessible, more usable, more useful for the public benefit. Most of OpenCorporates’ enviable reputation has come from the transparency and the quality of our data, but we, and our users (journalists, NGOs, law enforcement, banks, AML and due diligence professionals, etc) love to see the number of companies we have increasing.

Round Up: May 2018

OpenCorporates exists to make company data more accessible, useful and understandable. Every month, we’ll share links to show you how people have used our data. Got something to include in our next roundup? Contact us! FT Comment: UK disclosure rules: paper tigers Using data provided by OpenCorporates, the Financial Times revealed an astonishingly low number … Continue reading Round Up: May 2018

Introducing OpenCorporates Phase Two

1 billion? 10 billion? 100 billion? How many companies will exist in 10 years’ time? We are about to witness, we believe, an explosion of the number, speed, and complexity of corporate entities, driven by new technologies such as Blockchain/DLT, AI, and the Internet of Things. This dramatic shift – akin to the move from human-driven stock market activity to algorithmic trading – will present a challenge to all, from democracies to free and fair markets to law enforcement.