Free Our Data: the blog

A Guardian Technology campaign for free public access to data about the UK and its citizens


About the Free Our Data blog

Free Our Data is the campaign started by Guardian Technology beginning with the article Give us back our crown jewels. The argument is simple: by charging for data that is collected (sometimes with the force of law) by government-owned bodies, the government is holding back the growth in public and private use of that data which could benefit the UK overall. That is, a short-term “gain” hides a much bigger loss in terms of entrepreneurship, jobs created and competitive edge lost.