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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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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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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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The future of Digital Social Innovation in Europe

It's rather long (4h16m!) but this broadcast of the conference from Brussels last month contains some gems about the barriers, opportunities, and trends in how social innovation in Europe is scaling and failing. (If the embed doesn't work, try the link...

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Democracy: process or project?

For #democracyday on the BBC this morning, Professor Michael Sandel hosted a lively debate about whether democracy works. He summed up by drawing a difference between democracy as process and democracy as project. Instead of conversations around first past the post...

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– Millennials demand a “participation economy”