How a crowdsourced FOI campaign improved EU transparency
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After years of FOI requests and appeals, a campaign to release EU commissioners’ travel expenses, finally found success through a co-ordinated crowdsourcing campaign.

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Transforming an industry through FOI
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FragDenStaat’s FOI campaign rallied members of the public to request food safety reports from their local authorities. It’s resulted in 100 court cases, and new legislation around food safety.

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Lost in Europe: deploying the Alaveteli network on a cross-border investigation
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Ten European FOI sites were used in an Netherlands-based investigation, Lost In Europe, into the thousands of children who go missing as they migrate across European borders.

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Regulating Access to Information
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Comparing different systems of regulation that work in the UK, and systems of regulation across Europe.

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Running an Access to Information platform in France: obstacles and success stories
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Samuel Goëta from MaDada speaks about the weaknesses of FOIA in France, how the French Alaveteli platform madada.fr manages them and the first success stories of the platform.

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How to make an FOI request using Alaveteli
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A short video walk through of making an FOI request.

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Responding to and managing an FOI request with Alaveteli
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What an authority sees when they receive your FOI request, how they can respond and how the request-maker can manage a response once it is received.

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Making and sending a batch request using Alaveteli Pro
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See how to make a batch Freedom of Information request to multiple authorities, using the Alaveteli Pro service.

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Dashboard and Batch request replies on Alaveteli Pro
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View the Alaveteli Pro dashboard, and see what happens when the responses come in from a batch Freedom of Information request to multiple authorities.

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How to use FOI in the UK
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Workshop presentation on using FOI in the UK.

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What can you do with FOI in the UK?
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Short workshop on some of the things that have been made possible through UK FOI requests.

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The FOI Clearing House: an openDemocracy investigation into FOI at the heart of government
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Jenna Corderoy discusses her investigations into the Clearing House, a unit within the UK Cabinet Office that “advises on” and “coordinates” FOI requests referred by government departments.

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Watch this space (and pay for it): the misuse of public resources in an election campaign
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In April 2021, Gong used the Alaveteli-powered platform ImamoPravoZnati to unveil misuse of public funds for political campaigns.

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Running an Access to Information platform in France: obstacles and success stories
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Samuel Goëta from MaDada speaks about the weaknesses of FOIA in France, how the French Alaveteli platform madada.fr manages them and the first success stories of the platform.

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A change in the law for school starters in Scotland — through FOI
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The Give Them Time campaign speaks about how requests sent via WhatDoTheyKnow.com helped them get the law changed, so that more children in Scotland can benefit from more time at nursery school.

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Source & manage Freedom of Information data for impactful investigations & campaigns with Alaveteli
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How Alaveteli’s additional features for journalists, campaigners and researchers have been used to support impactful and award winning investigations.

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Getting the Most from FOI
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Basic tips and trips for ensuring your FOI requests get full and adequate responses.

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Telling stories with FOI data
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Ilya Siatitsa of Privacy International, Isaac Beevor of Climate Emergency UK and freelance journalist Rosie Taylor explain how to get media coverage for the stories you uncover via FOI.

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Using Pro features: Dashboard and Batch request replies
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View the Alaveteli Pro dashboard, and see what happens when the responses come in from a batch Freedom of Information request to multiple authorities.

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Advice for those setting up an Alaveteli Freedom of Information site
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Users of the Alaveteli Freedom of Information (FOI) software from around the world give their top tips for setting up a FOI request site.

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Motivations for setting up an Alaveteli Freedom of Information website
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Users of the Alaveteli software from around the world explain their motivations behind setting up their Freedom of Information request sites.

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Challenges of running Freedom of Information request sites
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In this video, users of the Alaveteli Freedom of Information (FOI) software from around the world explain the challenges of running FOI request sites in their countries.

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Freedom of Information rights around the world
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Users of the Alaveteli Freedom of Information (FOI) software from around the world explain the FOI laws in their countries.

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Meet The Users: Gavin Chait, part 1
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Gavin Chait used Freedom of Information to ask every local authority in the UK to provide data on empty business premises.

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Meet The Users: Gavin Chait, part 2
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Part 2 of the interview in which Gavin explains his project to make things easier for start-ups.

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Staying protected: How to avoid lawsuits in the age of user-generated content
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Open data expert Francis Davey delivers training on the UK’s Defamation Act and how this affects those running websites featuring user-generated content.

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WhatDoTheyKnow Helps Re-Open Cambridge Footpath
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A practical example of how to use FOI to bring change in your local area.

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FOI advice: shorts
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Very short excerpts from the longer ‘Getting the most from FOI’ seminar.

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Telling stories with FOI data: shorts
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Excerpts from the longer seminar.

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Strategy and Planning for FOI Sites
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Datasketch (Colombia), SPOON (Netherlands) and Pidala.info (Mexico) all run websites that help people get information from public authorities. In this video, they talk about their approach to this, and how they’ve built and grown their work in very different ways.

This meeting was part of mySociety’s Access to Information Community of Practice, which is part of the TICTeC programme.

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