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mySociety is a not-for-profit social enterprise that exists to invent and popularise websites and apps that enable citizens around the world to exert power over institutions and decision makers.

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Training an AI to generate FixMyStreet reports

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:01:46 +0000

Artificial intelligence and machine learning seem to be everywhere at the moment – every day there’s a new story about the latest smart assistant, self-driving car or the impending take over of the world by robots. With FixMyStreet having recently reached one million reports, I started wondering what kind of fun things could be done…

Alaveteli Release 0.26

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:00:11 +0000

We’ve just released Alaveteli 0.26! Here are some of the highlights. Request page design update After some research in to where people enter the site we decided to revamp the request pages to give a better first impression. We’ve used the “action bar” pattern from the authority pages to move the request actions to a…

Better-looking emails for FixMyStreet

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:01:13 +0000

If you’ve used FixMyStreet recently — either to make a report, or as a member of a council who receives the reports — you might have noticed that the site’s automated emails are looking a lot more swish. Where previously those emails were plain text, we’ve now upgraded to HTML, with all the design possibilities…

Introducing EveryPolitician’s bot

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:29:22 +0000

mySociety’s EveryPolitician project aims to make data available on every politician in the world. It’s going well: we’re already sharing data on the politicians from nearly every country on the planet. That’s over 68,652 people and 2.9 million individual pieces of data, numbers which will be out of date almost as soon as you’ve read…

Unpicking code, for the good of the project

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:44:53 +0000

Last year, when we were helping to develop YourNextMP, the candidate-crowdsourcing platform for the General Election, we made what seemed like an obvious decision. We decided to use PopIt as the site’s datastore — the place from which it could draw information about representatives: their names, positions, et cetera. We’d been developing PopIt as a…

Photo upload and progressive enhancement for FixMyStreet

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 17:55:06 +0000

FixMyStreet has been around for nearly nine years, letting people report things and optionally include a photo; the upshot of which is we currently have a 143GB collection of photographs of potholes, graffiti, dog poo, and much more. 🙂 For almost all that time, attaching a photo has been through HTML’s standard file input form;…

Using Django’s StreamingHTTPResponse for JSON & HTML

Mon, 01 Jun 2015 10:09:49 +0000

A few of mySociety’s developers are at DjangoCon Europe in Cardiff this week – do say hello 🙂 As a contribution to the conference, what follows is a technical look (with bunny GIFs) into an issue we had recently with serving large amounts of data in one of our Django-based projects, MapIt, how it was…

The whys and hows of the FixMyStreet mobile app

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:00:59 +0000

Yesterday, we announced the new FixMyStreet apps (download here for Apple devices and here for Android). In this post, we want to explain a bit more about why we spent time and effort on making them, when normally we advocate for mobile websites. Plus, for our technical audience, we’ll explain some of the tools we used…

Join us, as we set the agenda for collaborative coding

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:29:15 +0000

What are your plans for late April? If you’re a civic coder, a campaigner or activist from anywhere in the world, hold everything: we want to see you in Santiago, Chile, for the first international PoplusCon. Poplus is a project which aims to bring together those working in the digital democracy arena – groups or…

Open Data Day resources

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:30:10 +0000

Note (June 2016): This post is now slightly out of date. FixMyTransport is no longer running, though all of the other APIs and tools listed are still available. There is also one significant addition which developers should find useful: EveryPolitician, which provides data on all current politicians around the world (and, in the future, we…