OpenCorporates collaborates with the Financial Conduct Authority on Covid-related fraud prevention

With the onset of Covid-19, businesses and individuals have needed to navigate unprecedented difficulties and change. The resulting disruption is being taken advantage of by would-be fraudsters, who are using the pandemic to perpetrate fraud and scams. Technology and data have key roles to play in improving the detection of fraudulent activity, such as through … Continue reading OpenCorporates collaborates with the Financial Conduct Authority on Covid-related fraud prevention

How open company data helps Global Witness investigate corruption

Investigators, NGOs and campaigners around the world rely on OpenCorporates’ open company data to uncover and expose corruption. This is because legal entities are often a key part of the toolkit that criminals use to hide their ownership of assets or involvement in illicit activity. Sam Leon, Data Investigations Lead at Global Witness, explains how … Continue reading How open company data helps Global Witness investigate corruption

Meet our trustees: Jane Wales

The OpenCorporates Trust is the entity that guarantees OpenCorporates’ public-benefit mission and ensures we always operate to open up company data for the public good. One of our trustees is Jane Wales, a leading figure in philanthropy, government and journalism. Jane is the founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum and Vice President of the Aspen … Continue reading Meet our trustees: Jane Wales

Is this a fork in the road for EU company data?

8 years ago, OpenCorporates surveyed access to official company register data in the EU. To our knowledge, this was the first time that this had been done in a systematic way.  The results were not good.  Data and access were routinely restricted on a pay-to-play basis. If you had the money, you could access it … Continue reading Is this a fork in the road for EU company data?

Luminate grant to accelerate OpenCorporates’ impact

At OpenCorporates, our mission is to make global corporate transparency mainstream by opening up public company information. So we are delighted to announce that OpenCorporates has received a grant from the philanthropic organisation Luminate, allowing us to accelerate our progress towards these goals by unlocking the utility and impact of our data. To do this, … Continue reading Luminate grant to accelerate OpenCorporates’ impact

Meet our trustees: Mike Olson

The OpenCorporates Trust is the entity that guarantees OpenCorporates’ public-benefit mission and ensures we always operate to open up company data for the public good. One of our trustees is Mike Olson (@mikeolson), who co-founded Cloudera. He served as its CEO until 2013, and its chief strategy officer (CSO) until June 2019. He was also … Continue reading Meet our trustees: Mike Olson

Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020

This post is by Chris Taggart, OpenCorporates' CEO and Co-Founder 2019 was a momentous year for OpenCorporates. We achieved much: reached 180 million companies in our database, including the extremely complex jurisdiction of Germany, launched our new Corporate Events feature, took the Quebec company register to court and won, and saw our data used in … Continue reading Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020

Meet our trustees: John Githongo

Last summer, OpenCorporates announced the creation of the OpenCorporates Trust, the entity that guarantees OpenCorporates’ public-benefit mission, and ensures we always operate to open up company data for the public good. One of our trustees is John Githongo, an anti-corruption journalist, activist and consultant. As an award-winning journalist, Mr Githongo investigated corruption in Kenya, writing … Continue reading Meet our trustees: John Githongo

Meet our trustees: Esther Dyson

Last summer, OpenCorporates announced the creation of the OpenCorporates Trust, the entity that guarantees OpenCorporates’ public-benefit mission, and ensures we always operate to open up company data for the public good. One of our trustees is Esther Dyson, a journalist and investor with interests in technology/IT, health  and transparency among other things. Esther was founding … Continue reading Meet our trustees: Esther Dyson

One hundred and eighty (million)! Another milestone

Yesterday we had a minor celebration in the OpenCorporates office. For days the data team have had one eye on our company counter, as it approached the 180 million mark, with frequent updates across the office and on our messaging systems reporting the latest query output from ElasticSearch, and at 15:49 BST yesterday we hit … Continue reading One hundred and eighty (million)! Another milestone