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Everything we did in 2017

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:17:01 +0000

The words ‘annual report’ might bring to mind a dull brochure dotted with graphs, pie charts and photos of directors in suits. That’s not quite how we do things at mySociety though. Our annual report takes just five minutes to read, with plenty of nice pictures and not a suit in sight. Got a moment?…



Three new jobs with mySociety’s Democratic Commons project

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:12:32 +0000

Yesterday Matt explained what we hope to achieve with the Democratic Commons, our drive for shared, high-quality political Open Data. If you read that and thought, ‘Blimey, that sounds like a lot of work’ — well, we thought so too. Hence, three new job openings. As so often at mySociety, the skills we’re looking for…



Citizenship & Civic Engagement Committee: mySociety’s written evidence

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:14:58 +0000

In June this year, a Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement was appointed. Submissions of written evidence were invited, and of course, this being very much our area, we felt the need to contribute. Our written evidence is a fairly quick read. Nonetheless we hope that it gets the essential points across, drawing…



A Shuffle and Some Hustle

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:39:42 +0000

In my last post I introduced the concept of the Democratic Commons: “A concept of shared code, data and resources where anyone can contribute, and anyone can benefit — we can help build and strengthen core infrastructure, tools and data that allow other democracy organisations and campaigners to hold their own governments to account.” Over…



Visualising transparency, for AllTrials

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 10:27:13 +0000

You may know Dr Ben Goldacre from his ‘Bad Science’ and ‘Bad Pharma’ campaigns, which fight misinformation around medicine. Ben has just launched his latest project, the AllTrials Transparency Index — and mySociety helped with the website side of things. The AllTrials campaign focuses around the fact that a shockingly large proportion of clinical trials…



Grenfell Tower: how mySociety can help

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:46:17 +0000

Just like many others, we at mySociety have been appalled and shocked at the Grenfell Tower fire which struck last week. That shock has only deepened over the weekend as the confirmed death toll has risen and more facts have emerged. As both the public and the media search for the ‘why’ behind the story,…



Increasing political engagement with Facebook

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:21:38 +0000

Millions of people reached for their phone on June 9, and checked Facebook for the result of the UK General Election. Now, you may or may not be one of those people yourself, but there’s no disputing that many of us turn to social media as our primary source for big news. Through the night,…



Making sure everyone understands the General Election

Wed, 10 May 2017 09:32:28 +0000

Would you say you’re pretty clued up about the political system in the UK? If you’re reading this blog, it’s fair to assume that you know a bit more about politics than the average bear. But that’s not true of everyone who uses our sites, and that’s why we’ve put out a Beginners’ Guide to…



A timely new grant from the Hewlett Foundation

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:37:36 +0000

mySociety is funded in a variety of ways: our work is supported by the commercial services that we offer to councils and other organisations; by donations from individuals; and currently, in largest part, by grants from an array of philanthropic funders. We were delighted to receive news recently that the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation…



Which ward will you be in on May 4?

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:33:21 +0000

It’s that time of year again. Local elections are on the 4th of May and we have updated our boundary change checker. It also helpfully lets you know if your ward is not having elections (not that your author was unaware of course.) On May 4th elections will be taking place across English, Welsh and…