February 17th, 2005, 7-9pm, Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research (directions)
This forum addresses the subject of ‘civic’ information such as:
- Reportage of parliament events (e.g. Hansard) and the issue of Crown Copyright
- Parliamentary composition and voting
- Information on local government officials and activities
The focus will be on both:
- projects and software that produce or make available such information
- the legal and social issues involved in obtaining and providing such information
Lying behind all of these is that elusive goal of giving the public greater involvement in the democratic system and increasing the accountability of the government to its citizens.
Among others giving brief talks will be Stefan Magdalinski of theyworkforyou.com, Francis Irving of publicwhip, Tom Steinberg of mysociety, Anno Mitchell of the BBC’s iCan project, as well as the well-known copyfighter Cory Doctorow.
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Email 23rd Feburary 2005 to Participants
1. MySociety are launching the beta of the PledgeBank system: http://staging.pledgebank.com/nontechy Tom Steinberg writes: "PledgeBank is mySociety.org's next project, after www.writetothem.com. It isn't even nearly finished yet, but it is already usable, especially amongst friends. We wouldn't normally expose a site in this state, but its just so damn... handy!" 2. There was interest in a Freedom of Information (FOI) request clearing site. Further suggestions on this subject would be welcome. 3. House of Commons Library - a number of people were keen to see this material made (much) more available, but there needs to be a campaign strategy. Contact peter.lockley at okfn.org with any suggestions.