Author: eddowding

Using the Represent API for #GE2017

What does it do? Represent and the Represent API are a toolbox for a modern democracy. The API includes the ability to: Create and verify profiles Create polls and questions, and vote on them. View, analyse, and weight results, including demographic...

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Bringing digital disruption to government

A few weekends ago we were invited to speak at TransPolitica, a conference on real world policy changes for a radically better future. Together with Tim from the CivicTech coworking hub RainGods (home to Represent's London office) and Dan from MegaNexus we discussed...

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ProgCode network – civictech in the USA

CivicTech is a global phenomena, arguably most coming of age during Obama's first campaign, and more recently Donald Trump's campaign has made powerful and inventive use of the resources available in the 2015 election to target and mobilise voters. The Bernie...

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Do we still need political parties?

This article originally appeared in the New Statesman, 4 October 2016 Technology has changed everything. Apart from politics. When the Uber of democracy hits, will parties still have a role? It’s party conference season. Political parties appear to be doing well – about a...

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Add any question to your Group or Collection

If you have a Collection or are a group admin you'll know that you can add existing questions to them. This saves the site filling up with lots of similar questions, and adds weight to popular ideas. But you'll also know it's...

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Putting @you at the heart of what we do

A little quick and nice feature we added a few weeks ago was nicer ways of sharing your profile. With a hat-tip to the tried and tested format of twitter, instagram, facebook, skype, and .. well pretty much every user-centric service,...

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One X is not enough to determine your future.

So what next? TL;DR: Democracy is being updated at https://represent.me — the world’s first online peer-to-peer governance platform. Get involved. Ultimately, after the denial and amazement, this is our opportunity to make Great Britain do bold, brilliant, and inspiring things. We have no one...

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– “Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”

We’re growing!

Member snapshot as of today. 47,373 answers 838 people That's an average of 57 votes per person. Not bad when you realise that you'll only vote 14 times in general elections. ...

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Good things to read

Inspired by the #SummerOfTech alternative summer reading list for MPs (and everyone) here are our picks, and some other good things we've been reading here at Represent. Our favourites: More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First by Steve Hilton Blueprint for a Revolution...

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Things we’ve been reading recently

25% of Estonians electoral votes are cast online. Laws have been updated to address the issues of privacy, security and trust, without reverting to isolation and protectionism. Manuel Arriaga, author of the excellent Rebooting Democracy discusses the possibility of a "Citizen's Chamber" as an...

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This Is How Fast America Changes Its Mind

  via Bloomberg There are two main points to take from this graph. 1. Change is happening faster - that much is obvious. 2. Compassion is changing. This one's a little harder to discern, but either: a) Our 'circle of compassion' is expanding to include more...

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8 ways online democracy changes everything.

The chances are you’re not going to get the MP you voted for — but that might not matter for very much longer. There is a quiet revolution taking place in democracy, bringing new thinking to how we take decisions together. For the...

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