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DataLiberation Session: Mining Data on Companies and Their Directors

A look at powerful new tools for journalists and activists to hold companies and their shareholders accountable.


Until now painstaking manual investigation has been required to track even the most basic facts about a company, such as whether it exists, and who owns it.

Chris Taggart, the UK-based founder of OpenCorporates.com, will offer a hands-on session on some ways to use powerful data-driven tools and open access databases to mine company information from across the world. Chris will show how highly interconnected global companies have exploded in complexity and power, while corporate governance has weakened. The opacity and complexity of this corporate world is a key enabler of corruption, tax avoidance and organised crime.

Chris will demonstrate how you can use even basic company information to remix and combine your data with other information, such as government contracts or regulatory filings, to gain new insights.

We invite all those with an interest in issues of corruption and transparency to a hands-on practical session to learn about Chris’s techniques and how you can put them to work for you.

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