We use the data to monitor what history public officials have, what groups they represent, and whose support and sponsorship they receive.
Disclosure and sharing of information about power is the act of monitoring politicians and administrators who have the authority and responsibility to decide and enforce policies to work in the public interest without corruption.
In a society dominated by corrupt powers, even best policies are difficult to implemented. In order to build social trust and realize a better future, it is essential to discover, watch, and raise questions about those in power behind the scenes. Information for monitoring authorities must be constantly accumulated and made available to anyone. Through this, citizens should be able to see and act on their neighbors' information, even out of the reach of the media. Researchers, reporters, and citizens from all walks of life should be able to spot problems.
On the other hand, continuous and reliable information about who is representing us now can give insight into who should represent us for the future and what changes are needed in the administrative power structure.
Many civic groups and technology/data experts around the world are doing the same thing as us to monitor local governments and strengthen the people’s right to know. The main organizations we have referred to are as follows.
We gather data from public officials, politicians, and interest groups and share it for anyone to use to strengthen openness and democracy.
We monitor who the power works for and how it works.
Well-informed citizens make for a better democracy, a more accountable society.
Filters and search tools allow you to directly explore information on each topic about people and money.
We provide a public API to make the information released by OpenWatch more convenient and real-time use.
You can view and download the data corresponding to the raw data as a sheet.