Corruption and tax evasion damage societies around the world. To tackle these, everyone must be able to find out information about who owns and controls businesses, so that poor governance and damaging social and environmental practices can be uncovered. Consumers should be able to find out about the products and services they buy, such as the ingredients in the food they eat, the supply chains and sustainability of their mobile phones, and what personal information about them is collected by online services and how it is used. We should have full rights over information about ourselves and the ability to share it at will if we choose.

Our impact in this area

Below you can learn more about our work to demonstrate the potential of open data and open knowledge in the area of consumers and business accountability. Click through to learn more, connect and get involved.

Working Groups

Open Design & Hardware

A community of designers and makers interested in implementing openness in design and hardware

Open Economics

Identify standards and best practice for open economic data, and a hub for projects and discussion.

Open Product Data

Building the world's largest product database & empowering consumers to make informed decisions.

Open Sustainability

The Open Sustainability Working Group seeks to advocate and promote the opening up of sustainability information and datasets.

Open Transport

Central point of reference and support for people who are interested in open transport data.

Personal Data and Privacy

Dedicated to exploring the intersection of open data, my data and privacy.



CKAN is a fully-featured, mature, open source data management solution. CKAN provides a streamlined way to make your data discoverable and presentable. Each dataset is given its own page with a rich collection of metadata, making it a valuable and easily searchable resource.


D-CENT (Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies) creates digital tools for direct democracy and economic empowerment. It helps communities to share data, collaborate and organize their operations.

Open Data and Privacy

A joint project between Open Knowledge Foundation and Open Rights Groups that explores the issues surrounding the problematic intersection of personal data, open data and privacy.

School of Data

School of Data works to empower civil society organisations, journalists and citizens with the skills they need to use data effectively in their efforts to create more equitable and effective societies.