On 17 September, in a press-conference held in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Benjamin Cokelet, Executive Director of Projects on Organization, Development, Education, and Investigation (PODER), and Fernanda Hopenhaym, coordinator of the “Who is Who?” Wiki, presented this latter platform, defined as a “technological tool that, by means of monitoring firms, corporate elites, and their governmental counterparts, will allow for transparency to advance and will contribute to corporate accountability.”
Benjamin Cokelet indicated that “the firms in many countries such as Mexico are like a black box […]. The information that impacts society is hidden, or one must go to many different places to learn–for example–about [a firm’s] administrative councils, its negotiations with the government, the form and type of permits it has been given, as well as demands or denunciations from regulatory bodies, etc.” He explained that the “Who is Who” Wiki is a page, “the first of its type in Latin America, that helps to open this box, because it allows for the concentration, systematization, and organization in a single place of information that different firms release, not just in their own countries, but throughout the world […].”
It should be added that “Who is Who?” is a collaborative tool; that is to say, if one person or an organization wishes to contribute to the information that has been gathered about one company, they can do so insofar as such information be true and verifiable.
For more information (in Spanish):
Plataforma accesible en: www.rindecuentas.org
Boletín de prensa de Poder (Poder, 17 de septiembre de 2014)
Quién es quién Wiki (La Tribuna de Chiapas, 17 de septiembre de 2014)
Crean herramienta de acceso a la transparencia en el sector empresarial(El Universal, 13 de mayo de 2014)