Transparency International is an organization devoted to stopping the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals perpetrated by government, individuals, and businesses:
“Open data is a pretty simple concept: governments should publish information about what they do – data that can be freely used, modified and shared by anyone for any purpose.
“This is particularly important in the fight against corruption. In 2015 the Group of 20 (G20) governments agreed on a set of G20 Anti-Corruption Open Data Principles. These principles aim to make crucial data public specifically because they can help stop corruption. Publishing this data would allow civil society to monitor things like the use of public resources and taxes, the awarding of public contracts, and the sources of political party finance. It would make it easier to hold governments to account and deter criminal activities like bribery and nepotism.”
Transparency International has 6 Principles of Open Data:
(from their website)
For more information on the challenges of getting open data, check out their most recent post: