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.

Untangling the Murky Corporate Web: OpenCorporates features in the Financial Times

In case you missed it, this weekend the Financial Times featured OpenCorporates in Gillian Tett’s Parting Shot. The column examines both why we need to untangle the hidden corporate landscape, and the important role OpenCorporates (and other civic tech organisations) are playing in the fight for greater transparency. Read the article in full here.

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.