Online FOI request platform has passed more than 250,000 requests made using its software.

The website, ran by charity MySociety, is an integral part of the UK’s FOI requesting scene and has helped to reveal heaps of information since it was started.

The website allows anyone to make FOI requests to public authorities and then publishes the questions which were asked and the responses the authorities.

This post from 2012 shows one useful FOI request, which was made on the website, for everyday of the year. Requests included what the BBC thought the risks were of its move to Media City in Salford, the rules of the boatrace, private police forces in the UK and much more.

In a recent¬†blog post the website’s staff wrote:

WhatDoTheyKnow was set up to give everyone, not just experts, access to information.

“By publishing the requests and responses, it strives to create efficiencies for all.”

I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.