Notes on open data and transparency

Beneficial ownership, corporate disclosure, tax justice, supply chains, policy and history

Identifiers and Standards Governance :: Draft

In open data , and in open data standards, everybody loves identifiers. But maybe we love identifiers so much that we are accelerating use and production of identifiers, at the expense of:

This post is about the current dynamics between open data standards and identifiers, as I see them, and the implications for what might need to happen next.

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Beneficial Ownership Registers: who knows what?

This is an condensed, expanded and tidied up version of a talk I gave at EITI’s Opening Up Ownership: Africa conference, Dakar, Senegal in November 2018. It covers which actors know what in the beneficial ownership disclosure process, and some of the implications for data quality, business processes and register design.

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Andres Knobel, Unequal Exchange: Automatic Exchange of Information

Notes from webinar on Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI), hosted by Tax Justie Network, Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability India and Financial Transparency Coalition.

Presentation by Andres Knobel, TJN. Slides

CBGA India Primer

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What's Next on Beneficial Ownership, OGP Summit Tbilisi, July 2018

Notes from session on What’s Next on Beneficial Ownership? Company Leadership and Implementation through National Action Plans at OGP Summit 2018, Tbilisi, Georgia

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Linking Beneficial Ownership to Improved Tax Collection in Developing Countries

Prichard, Wilson. “Linking Beneficial Ownership Transparency to Improved Tax Revenue Collection in Developing Countries.” Summary Brief. International Centre for Tax and Development, 2018. No empirical research on impact of beneficial ownership information on tax collection capacity. Prichard aims to identify “technical and political pre-requisites” of success to inform decisions on whether investing in beneficial ownership information systems is worthwhile. Surface-level links with tax collection: Personal wealth often disguised with shell corporations; Linked to automatic exchange of information (AEOI): to be effective AEOI from wealth-holding countries is required; for AEOI to work, BOs must be known.

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