We've all heard the advice - when setting a password use capital letters, numbers and non-alphabetic symbols so that your password can't be guessed. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The man who wrote the now ubiquitous guidance, Bill Burr, has admitted he was wrong. In fact 'thisismypasswordnow' is more hack proof than 'h4cK3r!' So how do … Continue reading Tips for Cybersecurity
Summer CivTech Forum Event Summary
Monday 14th August saw the second CivTech Forum Meetup. The Event was designed to continue working on the public service monopoly through guided networking and pace setting talks. The first speaker was Robyn Scott, Co-Founder & CEO of Apolitical – a global network for government to solve the hardest challenges facing our societies. She illustrated that platforms … Continue reading Summer CivTech Forum Event Summary
Summer CivTech Forum Meetup: Working on the Public Service Monopoly
Summer CivTech Forum Meetup - Working on the Public Service Monopoly Do you want to meet innovative startups and organisations? Are you seeking to develop your network and build partnerships with real commercial value? Looking for inspiration from leaders in CivTech? Join us for The CivTech Forum summer meet up. Hear from established CivTech businesses and meet … Continue reading Summer CivTech Forum Meetup: Working on the Public Service Monopoly
Event Summary: Working on the Public Service Monopoly
On Monday 6th June 2017 we hosted our first CivTech Forum Meetup - Working on the Public Service Monopoly. Attendees included government officials, think tanks, startups and politicians. The event opened with some words from Lord Patel of Bradford on the exciting possibilities inherent in Civ Tech. He told us about the change that he has … Continue reading Event Summary: Working on the Public Service Monopoly
Which political party leaders do voters trust?
Today I’ve begun to look at the insights beginning to form from our ‘Who should I vote for?’ survey. With over 120 questions, the survey covers key policy areas based on the main UK political party manifestos. As well as helping people to decide on which party best matches their values we will be sending the aggregated … Continue reading Which political party leaders do voters trust?
A Revolution in Democracy
CivTech breakthroughs are bringing the people back into the centre of democracy. New technologies are encouraging people who are usually disengaged in politics to partake in democracy. Such changes can serve to make politics more transparent and so encourage engagement from the disappointed, disillusioned and apathetic. A business on the leading edge of the CivTech revolution is Represent. Represent exist to … Continue reading A Revolution in Democracy
Can CivTech stop Cyber-attacks?
In order to run effectively, governments store masses of data on their citizens. For the most part this data is kept secure. On Friday 12th May hackers launched ransomware attacks in 150 countries; locking users' files and demanding payment to grant access. 60 UK NHS trusts, hospitals and surgeries were affected. Staff had to work around the clock to keep … Continue reading Can CivTech stop Cyber-attacks?
Has democracy been hacked?
Big Data and Civ Tech are new. New things can be scary. For many, the advent of big data and the impact on democracy is one such area. Human curiosity propels technology advancement, and yet uptake of technology is often hindered by fears born of the same imaginations. Recently Carole Cadwalladr published an article in the Guardian outlining ways that data companies may be undermining … Continue reading Has democracy been hacked?
First CivTech Forum Event: Working on the Public Service Monopoly
First CivTech Forum Meetup - Working on the Public Service Monopoly Do you want to meet innovative startups and organisations? Are you seeking to develop your network and build partnerships with real commercial value? Looking for inspiration from leaders in CivTech? Join us for the first of The CivTech Forum meet up events. Hear from established CivTech … Continue reading First CivTech Forum Event: Working on the Public Service Monopoly
Big Data and Civ Tech – Mutually Compatible?
How Big Data and Artificial Intelligence impact Democracy and open a door for Civ Tech In Scientific American, a group of academics recently asked: "Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence?" The piece told us, "in 2016 we produced as much data as in the entire history of humankind through 2015." This is important progress. In the age … Continue reading Big Data and Civ Tech – Mutually Compatible?