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
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?
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
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?
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 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
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?
The General Election and Civ Tech This morning, on 18th April 2017, Theresa May called a snap General Election. Citing a need for greater stability and certainty, May expressed concern over political "game playing." So will this election provide certainty, stability and strong leadership for the businesses focused on improving government in the UK? It's hard to say. … Continue reading What does the 8th June General Election mean for Civ Tech?
A new movement has arrived: Civ Tech. Civ Tech is a relatively recent term encompassing businesses seeking to positively disrupt government through technology.
“Is government good enough? We don’t think so. Today we are calling on entrepreneurs to join the revolution for better government.” Timothy Barnes, founder of The Rain Gods Ltd, has issued a rallying cry to entrepreneurs who want to use their skills to build better government in the UK and around the world. More...