Date
3:00 pm—3:20 pm · June 12, 2024
Room
Lethaby Room
As the world changes, civic tech organisations must respond. Trust in democracy, levels of accountability and transparency from those in power are all in decline; climate has emerged as the era's overarching issue. Discover how mySociety has steered its course and kept a clear mission around providing easy access to democracy in changing times.

Longer description:

Like many civic tech organisations around the world, mySociety began as a small group of people with a vision for a better world, and the programming skills to make it happen. 

Twenty years on, their services are part of the UK landscape, used by millions, and changing the ways in which governments communicate with citizens. 

mySociety’s longevity has been aided, in part, by a willingness to experiment — their parliamentary monitoring site TheyWorkForYou, one of the organisation’s earliest projects, has just introduced a new means of calculating MPs’ voting stances, for example; and their Climate programme is notable for its willingness to test out theories, adopting those which work.

As the world changes, civic tech organisations must respond. Trust in democracy, levels of accountability and transparency from those in power are all in decline; climate has emerged as the era’s overarching issue. Discover how mySociety has steered its course and kept a clear mission around providing easy access to democracy in changing times.