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WhatDoTheyKnow.com is a website which allows anyone to make a Freedom of Information request in public.[1]

  • Around 10% of requests to Central Government are made through WhatDoTheyKnow.com.[2]
  • over 5,000 public bodies have been added to the site, mainly by volunteers


  • Daily Telegraph best green websites - ranked number 2 [3][4]
  • New Media Awards - Democracy in Action Finalists 2008 [5][6]
  • New Media Awards - Innovation Winner 2008 [7]

ICO advice

The ICO advises information professionals to: "Check out websites and blogs that cover freedom of information issues, such as www.whatdotheyknow.com, ..." [8]

See also