Our lives are increasingly governed by data, in fact our lives increasingly are data. Given that, not being able to look at the information about us where we live, who live with us, who represents us, companies that do business with the government and so on starts to undermine the democracy.
We make sure that everyone has free and open access to the key information, empowering themselves to be able to make decisions about their own lives based on the information that wasn’t available before.
We strongly believe that knowledge is power. We see a world where information helps deliver a balance of power; where we are free to make our own choices, with key information and insights available to all. Power can only be held through the openness of key information, inconsistencies will show up more clearly and inefficiencies will be exposed in no time. With the latest research publicly available, the more potential to understand its tangible issues and the probable measures to be taken to curtail challenges. such as poverty, uneven development, climatic change etc.
The concept of openness is critical: meaning that information is free for anyone, anywhere, to use for any purpose, so that everyone - citizens, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs - has access to the information they need. Recent developments in information and communications technologies are offering new ways for content to be published, connected, discovered and used.
This key information includes how governments spend our money - both their plans and the reality - so that they are accountable to citizens, and the laws which govern us, the results of elections, maps and postcode information - the plumbing of modern society. It includes how companies are owned and controlled so that poor governance and damaging social and environmental practices can be uncovered. It includes data about global challenges such as poverty and climate change, and the findings of publicly-funded research, so we can start to understand these, tackle them, and know if our solutions are working.