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.
- 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.
A public pledge-card platform that helps you win commitments from candidates. It’s like a networked petition that links your petition and supporters to the candidates who pledge to support it
We bring together people from the UK, no matter what their background, to stop the Tories from winning another parliamentary majority at the next election. We use electoral data to determine which left-leaning party has the best chance of beating the Tories in 50 of the most marginal seats and support any and all volunteers to get out campaigning.
Curated by mySociety
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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