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This article is about the software. For the place, see Alaveteli, Finland.
Initial release  ???? (????-0?)
Development status Active
Written in Ruby on Rails
Operating system Cross-platform
License AGPLv3[1]

Alaveteli is free/open source software to help citizens write Freedom of Information requests and automatically publish any responses.[2] It can also be used for other similar situations, where holding organisations to account in public is useful.

Alaveteli is described as "a project to create a free, standard, internationalised platform for making Freedom of Information (FOI) requests".[3][4] Alaveteli is funded by the Open Society Institute and the Hivos Foundation.

It started life as the software running WhatDoTheyKnow, a UK site that publishes responses to FOI requests. The original WhatDoTheyKnow code was written primarily by Francis Irving while working for mySociety.[5]

Alaveteli is has been translated into many languages, around 25 languages have more than 50% translation coverage.[6][7]

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The name Alaveteli[edit]

Alaveteli is named after Alaveteli in Finland where Anders Chydenius who was an early campaigner[8] for Freedom of Information worked as a curate. Alaveteli was intended to be a name for the software rather than a public facing website or brand.

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