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Open Up! How to “Chairify”
Democracy
Tracy Green
Parliamentary Digital Service
@greentrac
introduction
• Picture of Parliament
• Tweak it to show paper moving to digital in
the middle
How Parliament works… in 60 seconds
http://www.parliament.uk/education/teaching-resources-lesson-plans/how-parliament-
wor...
The Challenge
”The internet has
fundamentally changed the
structure of all organisations
and industries”
Mike Bracken, Head of the Gover...
• Picture of russell brand – overlaid with stats
from Hansard society audit of political
engagement
“Only 16% of 18 to 24 year
olds in the UK say they are
certain to vote in the general
election”
Hansard Society Audit of P...
• Picture of Magna Carta at Runnymead
• Picture of Tiff, Charlie and Sym on their tour
http://www.digitaldemocracy.parliament.uk/
The Changes
Review of Online Services
“the debate as to which medium
would be used to deliver significant
computer applications and
information services to user...
Digital Democracy Commission
“Technology in itself is not a panacea and
it will not in itself correct existing
practices…we need to look beyond new
dig...
• By 2020…
• Ensure people
understand what
Parliament does
• Be fully interactive and
digital
• New forum for public
parti...
Leadership
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
"Unless we have an open,
neutral internet we can rely
on without worrying about
what's happening at th...
Martha Lane-Fox
“There has been a
reinvention of the internet
and the behaviour of users
in the last few years. Digital
Se...
A few more champions
https://www.mysociety.org/
And how they working with others
http://poplus.org/
Grass roots
https://democracyclub.org.uk/
http://www.whoshouldyouvotefor.com/
https://represent.cc/#!/
Building momentum for change
http://accountabilityhack.org/
http://hacks.rewiredstate.org/events/acchack14
Changing how we work
http://www.data.parliament.uk/
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/commons-order-papers/id691958985?mt=8
Digital capability
• Picture from one of the exploring digital
sessions
And the new Parliament?
Let’s make
demoracy as easy
to use as sitting
on a chair!
Thank you
@greentrac
Open Up: how to "chairify" democracy By: Tracy Green (UK), Parliament
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The UK Parliament is the heart of democracy in the UK.
2015 sees the 750th birthday of this historic institution, but many see it as being increasingly irrelevant to their lives and out of touch with the modern world.
While digital innovation offers a remedy, technology in itself is not a panacea. True digital transformation needs leadership, cultural change and new ways of working.
As Head of Online Services Tracy Green has been at the forefront of many recent innovations but what does the future hold? How can Parliament harness technology and rejuvenate in the digital age to be relevant and effective in the 21st century? The recent report from the Digital Democracy Commission and the creation of the Parliamentary Digital Service mark the beginning of that process and provide the leadership needed to push forward that transformation.

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Open Up: how to "chairify" democracy By: Tracy Green (UK), Parliament

  1. 1. Open Up! How to “Chairify” Democracy Tracy Green Parliamentary Digital Service @greentrac
  2. 2. introduction • Picture of Parliament • Tweak it to show paper moving to digital in the middle
  3. 3. How Parliament works… in 60 seconds http://www.parliament.uk/education/teaching-resources-lesson-plans/how-parliament- works-60-secs/
  4. 4. The Challenge
  5. 5. ”The internet has fundamentally changed the structure of all organisations and industries” Mike Bracken, Head of the Government Digital Service
  6. 6. • Picture of russell brand – overlaid with stats from Hansard society audit of political engagement
  7. 7. “Only 16% of 18 to 24 year olds in the UK say they are certain to vote in the general election” Hansard Society Audit of Political Engagement 2015 http://www.auditofpoliticalengagement.org/media/reports/Audit-of-Political-Engagement- 12-2015.pdf
  8. 8. • Picture of Magna Carta at Runnymead • Picture of Tiff, Charlie and Sym on their tour
  9. 9. http://www.digitaldemocracy.parliament.uk/
  10. 10. The Changes
  11. 11. Review of Online Services
  12. 12. “the debate as to which medium would be used to deliver significant computer applications and information services to users is over, and the internet has emerged as the winner.” Tom Steinberg, mySociety, Review of Parliament’s Online Services, 2014 http://www.parliament.uk/documents/news/2014/mysociety-report-on-online-services.pdf
  13. 13. Digital Democracy Commission
  14. 14. “Technology in itself is not a panacea and it will not in itself correct existing practices…we need to look beyond new digital tools to existing processes that do and do not work, and then critically explore how technology can help us to make democracy work better .” Democratic Society http://www.digitaldemocracy.parliament.uk/
  15. 15. • By 2020… • Ensure people understand what Parliament does • Be fully interactive and digital • New forum for public participation • Online voting as an option for UK voters • All published information and footage available as open data
  16. 16. Leadership
  17. 17. Sir Tim Berners-Lee "Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what's happening at the back door, we can't have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture. It's not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it.” http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_berners_lee_a_magna_carta_for_the_web?language=en
  18. 18. Martha Lane-Fox “There has been a reinvention of the internet and the behaviour of users in the last few years. Digital Services are now more agile, open and cheaper. To take advantage of these changes, government needs to move to a ‘service culture’ putting the needs of citizens ahead of those of departments” https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/60993/Ma rtha_20Lane_20Fox_s_20letter_20to_20Francis_20Maude_2014th_20Oct_202010.pdf
  19. 19. A few more champions https://www.mysociety.org/
  20. 20. And how they working with others http://poplus.org/
  21. 21. Grass roots https://democracyclub.org.uk/
  22. 22. http://www.whoshouldyouvotefor.com/
  23. 23. https://represent.cc/#!/
  24. 24. Building momentum for change http://accountabilityhack.org/
  25. 25. http://hacks.rewiredstate.org/events/acchack14
  26. 26. Changing how we work http://www.data.parliament.uk/
  27. 27. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/commons-order-papers/id691958985?mt=8
  28. 28. Digital capability • Picture from one of the exploring digital sessions
  29. 29. And the new Parliament?
  30. 30. Let’s make demoracy as easy to use as sitting on a chair!
  31. 31. Thank you @greentrac

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