Category: (Open) Data

Elvis: tracking tax money and revealing corruption

Elvis image by Matej Chudada

Corruption in public spending is a problem in many countries around the world. Elvis, the data platform – not the singer, visualises European pubic spending data also known as procurement data or tender data to help journalists find fishy relationships between governments and companies.

Over-Politeness Is the Fatal Flaw in the Open Data Movement

As long as significant numbers of transparency advocates are engaged constructively on the business of getting open data releases out, the pace of significant transparency reforms will be slowed. Overly-friendly collaboration between governments and transparency advocates sucks the oxygen out of the room. And we need that oxygen to fuel the fires that can burn down the doors to the state, and to parasitic organizations like anonymous shell companies that are dependent upon inaction by the state.