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Tech for Democracy: How can digital tech help to engage and empower citizens?

Mon 14 Oct 2019
Platf9rm, Hove

About the event

How can we use tech to increase citizen participation in democratic decision making (e.g. Citizen Assemblies)? How can digital tools help engage citizens to generate ideas and be more active in civil society?

General elections are (most probably) happening! With plenty of discussions recently about the dangers of technology to democracy (e.g. dissemination of ‘fake news’ online), this special ‘Brighton Digital Festival’ edition of Tech for Good Brighton focuses on the different ways that digital tech can be a force for good for democracy.

Bringing together civic tech experts, local voluntary and community organisations, technologists, community activists and public sector officials, this session will showcase positive examples of civic tech and explore future opportunities for Brighton & Hove.

Join us to hear from inspiring speakers, shout-out about your tech for good venture and network with like-minded people!

Our guest speakers:

Jen Bramley, Partnerships Manager, mySociety

mySociety is a not-for-profit social enterprise, based in the UK but working with partners internationally. They build and share digital technologies that help people be active citizens, across the three areas of Democracy, Transparency, and Community. Jen works directly with organisations anywhere in the world, helping them with the practicalities of deploying their code and maintaining the resulting websites.

Ben Fowkes, Comercial Director, Delib

Ben is an experienced consultant, digital democracy exponent and speaker. He helps large organisations - mostly government - to adopt digital platforms for public consultation and participation exercises, alongside bespoke project consultancy. Ben has previously talked at TedX Google, The Australian Institute of Public Relations, The Wellington School of Government and the EU Commission in both the UK and Portugal.

A panel discussion with city officials, local community organisations and tech for good advocates will follow the talks.

This event is organised in partnership with Digital Brighton & Hove, Citizens Online, Community Works, Brighton & Hove City Council, Brighton Digital Festival and Platf9rm.