Civic Tech projects in the UK date back to at least 1996, which is when a small group of developers and interested people got together and formed UKCOD (UK Citizens Online Democracy), a politically neutral group to explore the democratic potential of the internet.
UKCOD went on to become what mySociety is today, with many civic tech projects coming, going, remaining or thriving in the meantime (here’s a handy timeline of mySociety/UKCOD projects since 1996).
More recently, London-based organisations such as Newspeak House, Democracy Club and Citizen Beta have played a key role in growing and convening the UK civic tech scene, with regular meet-ups, crowd-sourcing projects and fellowship programmes.
Thanks in part to work by civic tech advocates, the UK saw the creation of the Government Digital Service (GDS) in 2011, which has transformed the provision of many online public services in the UK. Many of GDS’s digital models have been adopted by other countries around the world.
- Artificial Intelligence, Emerging Tech Projects, Emtech, High-tech civic tech, Learn about civic tech, Research and policy centers, The People, The Tech
A major integrated research programme with a goal to deploy AI and data science in priority areas to support the UK economy.
- Adjacent Fields, Digital security and privacy, Emerging Tech Organizations, Emtech, High-tech civic tech, The Tech
We’re here to protect democracy, defend people's dignity, and demand accountability from the powerful institutions who breach public trust.
- Emerging Tech Tools, Emtech, High-tech civic tech, Learn about civic tech, Peer-reviewed research, Research and policy centers, The People, The Tech
This OII research programme investigates legal, ethical, and social aspects of AI, machine learning, and other emerging information technologies.
Uses a mix of cutting edge technologies including 3D modeling, data mining, machine learning, pattern analysis, and virtual reality, to conduct independent investigations into human rights abuses and police killings
- Artificial Intelligence, Artistic interventions, Campaigns, Emerging Tech Projects, Emtech, High-tech civic tech, The People, The Tech
The portable unit interviews users about the apps, services and digital providers they interact with, reveals what these providers know about their users, then tells the user stories about what the effects of this may be and provides recommendations regarding their level of trustworthiness, relating to the individual themselves and to other people who may be more or less impacted by the same use or misuse of the data that accumulates around their digital life.
- Conferences, Engagement tech, In-person meetings, Meet the others, Participatory democracy, The People, The Tech
The conference will bring together international scholars, practitioners, activists, and community groups to discuss the possibilities and challenges of civic participation in a datafied society.
- Adjacent Fields, Citizen science, High-tech civic tech, Sensors, Tech for public challenges, The Tech
If you are a professional researcher who wants to learn more about how to get started with designing your citizen science project, this is a good place to start
This tool will help you to compare official statistics on homelessness and rough sleeping across the UK, with information provided on each of the four countries.
17 visions of the future of government. Features essays, provocations, thought experiments, fiction, speculative design and original art, with each one asking the reader to consider the implications of an idea about something fundamentally different in the future.
- Challenges, Drones, Get funding, Hardware, High-tech civic tech, The People, The Tech
Flying High is a collaborative engagement with cities, technologists and researchers, regulators, government, public services and citizens to shape the future of urban drone use in the UK to meet local needs.
The Voluntary Sector Digital Maturity Matrix was a free tool provided by NCVO to assess the current maturity of a voluntary sector organisation's digital capability, compared with its desired target state. Through a simple self-assessment, you could understand where your organisation needs to invest to reach digital excellence.
(PDF) Thinking about GovTech (2019) introduces the concept of GovTech and identifies eight activities that policymakers can undertake to foster national GovTech innovation ecosystems and help to steer them towards positive outcomes for citizens and public administrators.
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Established in 2003, mySociety is a not for profit group pioneering the use of online technologies to empower citizens to take their first steps towards greater civic participation.
We help people be active citizens with technology, research and data that individuals, journalists, and civil society can use, openly and for free.
mySociety works across three interlinked practice areas: Transparency, Democracy and Community — each underpinned by research, sector building through the global Impacts of Civic Technology Conference (TICTeC) and appropriate commercial work via SocietyWorks.
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