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UK Departmental Government Spending – Improving the Quality of Reporting

**Continuing in their mission to make spending data more accessible and comprehensible, the Spending Stories team and the team of Data.Gov.Uk are releasing a reporting tool today that will help journalists and analysts to pick the freshest and best departmental spending data to work with when exploring the UK central government expenditure.** ### Spending data […]

How Spending Stories Fact Checks Big Brother, the Wiretappers’ Ball

**This piece was co-written with Eric King of [Privacy International](https://www.privacyinternational.org/) and comes as Privacy International launches a huge new data release about companies selling surveillance technologies. It is cross-posted on the [MediaShift PBS IDEA LAB](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/) and the [OpenSpending blog](http://blog.openspending.org/2012/02/24/how-spending-stories-fact-checks-big-brother-the-wiretappers-ball/).** Today, the global surveillance industry is estimated at around $5 billion a year. But which companies […]