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Civic Hacking: a review

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Lightning (5 minute) talk I gave at geekretreat, outlining some of the best civic hacking projects I've been involved in in the UK.

Lightning (5 minute) talk I gave at geekretreat, outlining some of the best civic hacking projects I've been involved in in the UK.

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  • 1. Theft-based civic hacking: a review Stefan Magdalinski Saturday 16th January 2010 1
  • 2. Civic Hacking: Fixing democracy by using democracy’s own existing, broken, rules. 2
  • 3. 1998: UpMyStreet.com 3
  • 4. Tribute! 4
  • 5. 2000: FaxYourMP.com 5
  • 6. 2005: WriteToThem.com 6
  • 7. 2005: WriteToThem.com League Tables 7
  • 8. 2004: TheyWorkForYou.com 8
  • 9. 2004: The Official Hansard 9
  • 10. A debate, done properly 10
  • 11. Slice and Dice and All Things Nice 11
  • 12. 2008 WhatDoTheyKnow.com – FOIA Filer & Archiver 12
  • 13. 2005 FarmSubsidy.org 13
  • 14. Farmsubsidy.org Results By 2010 full transparency on all end recipients of EU farm, fisheries & infrastructure subsidies 14
  • 15. Farmsubsidy.org Results By 2010 full transparency on all end recipients of EU farm, fisheries & infrastructure subsidies ~ $100 billion/year 14
  • 16. Recipe for Theft-Based Activism: 1. Identify broken civic institution 2. Liberate data from said institution 3. Build civic tools that are too useful to turn off 4. Leave with citizens for x years 5. Watch said institution reform 6. Doesn't necessarily need lots of users/money 15
  • 17. Results Licensing: Ask forgiveness, not permission? 16
  • 18. Results Licensing: Ask forgiveness, not permission? No! the correct response is ‘Go F**k Yourself!’ - this data is our right. 16
  • 19. Question: What online democratic tools are there in RSA, and what do you need? 17
  • 20. Thank You stefan@whitelabel.org http://www.twitter.com/smagdali 18