“Following the Corporate Money” workshop report-back

Last week, OpenCorporates ran a workshop on “Follow the (corporate) money: using open data to improve integrity, procurement, development and reduce corruption & fraud“ at the pre-conference for International Open Data Conference in Ottawa. The conference was a fantastic congregation of over 1000 people from around the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities of open data. The … Continue reading “Following the Corporate Money” workshop report-back

WhoControlsIt Hackday: Another step (or three) closer to our goal

On Monday, WhoControlsIt held the first, mini-hackday to improve and iterate the open-source proof-of-concept global beneficial ownership register. We didn’t set lofty goals for the work – invited only a small bunch of people, many (though not all) we knew from previous transparency work, but none of whom had looked at the code before. Would … Continue reading WhoControlsIt Hackday: Another step (or three) closer to our goal

Every person’s guide to Beneficial Ownership/ company control as data

Last month, OpenCorporates launched WhoControlsIt, a proof-of-concept, open-source 'Beneficial Ownership' register. This post explains some of the concepts and data issues behind the register – which sounds geeky, but is essential for everyone involved in this area to understand (we've kept the references to code to almost zero), and we hope we've succeeded in making … Continue reading Every person’s guide to Beneficial Ownership/ company control as data

Announcing Who Controls It: a proof-of-concept beneficial ownership register

Beneficial Ownership is a terrible expression. Outside of the NGO and anti-money-laundering community, nobody knows what it means, or why it's important. In fact the UK now refers to this information as Persons of Significant Control, which is another bit of jargon, but does a slightly better job of explaining what we mean – which … Continue reading Announcing Who Controls It: a proof-of-concept beneficial ownership register

British PM gets it: good business requires good, open data

Today, at the Open Government Partnership meeting in London, David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, has announced that the UK government is going to make the new register of company beneficial ownership public. This is great news, because it shows the very top of the UK government understands what OpenCorporates has been saying for some time: that … Continue reading British PM gets it: good business requires good, open data