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This is an opportunity for community activists and voluntary organisations in London to get support for their priorities in this election.

We will focus on three sets of questions:

  • What are your priorities, who has similar priorities & how can we work together to achieve them?
  • What is the London manifesto and how can you use it?
  • How can you influence candidates to support your priorities?

Election campaigns are a national conversation about priorities. While most attention is on competing candidates and Brexit, the election is also a chance for you to draw attention to issues in your community, tell politicians what you want and get their support.

Key facilitators / presenters:

  • Titus Alexander, Democracy Matters – top tips for influencing
  • Matt Scott, LVSC – update on London manifesto
  • Women’s Resource Centre / ROTA
  • Community Sector Coalition – update on manifesto (tbc)
  • David Wilcox, Social Reporter- Networked City / Connecting Londoners
  • Newspeak House fellows – Josh; Edward tbc
  • Just Space – Richard Lee tbc

We will have refreshments, small groups discussions and a plenary to share ideas and get support for what you want out of the election.

Come along and get support for what you want politicians to do for your community and for London.

Please book so that we get enough refreshments for you!

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Generation Rent and PricedOut are holding a joint social in London to introduce prospective volunteers to the organisations’ activities.

The organisations are both mobilising private renters to take action to improve the rental market, and to support more housebuilding.

The activities that the volunteers would be signing up for include:

  • Developing online tools for people to support housebuilding in their local areas
  • Using public data to create an evidence base to support policy change
  • Devising systems of holding local councils to account over their housing responsibilities

A subsequent training session in June, run by Generation Rent to equip volunteers with the skills and knowledge to start or get involved with a housing-related campaign.

This social offers an opportunity for people who have not been involved before to find out more and meet like-minded people in an informal environment.

EXPLORE OPEN COMPANY DATA & MAP CORPORATE NETWORKS

Drop in with your laptop, charger and enthusiasm to join us for an evening of civic activism.

It’s been four years since the tragic events at Rana Plaza, where lack of safety and humane working conditions were exposed due to the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh. This FlashHacks, we’ll be digging into the corporate network of apparel brands.

“There was barely any publicly available information about the apparel brands that were using the Rana Plaza factories. Activists searched through the rubble for labels and interviewed survivors. For decades, such secrecy has been the norm in the garment industry. While a handful of companies, like Adidas, Nike, Levi’s, Puma, and Patagonia, began publishing details more than a decade ago, others have recently joined. By the end of 2016, at least 29 apparel companies were disclosing some information about their source factories. Yet, company commitments to transparency about supplier information are inconsistent, with widely varying standards for what they choose to disclose. Many brands have held out completely.” - Human Rights Watch

We live in the era of transnational companies. If Panama Papers proved one thing - the world of business is complex, opaque and in critical need of transparency. Not just transparency but radical transparency, so we know who controls companies and how far their networks reach. OpenCorporates has always been a community-led initiative, and we would not have reached 125 million companies in over 100 jurisdictions worldwide without our community. You have joined the battle by writing bots, finding datasets, talking about us at events and working with us to convince governments to open up their data.

Clearly, if we are to win the battle to make a closed world open, we can only do so together. These events are a great opportunity to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into the nitty gritty of opening up data!

Hope to see you all there.

p.s. if you’re not on Slack already, please do sign up as that will be our main port for communication and work: slack.opencorporates.com

Register

Someone familiar with the matter will give an inside view on the NHS systems.

Chatham House Rules.

Design Jam is a one-day brief to prototype event to work cool disruptive topics. This Jam’s theme will be politics and the upcoming election with the final brief being announced on the day of the Jam.

Why? We want to meet people, make things, learn, have fun doing it, and build a community of awesome people.

I’ve never Jammed before. What should I bring? Bring your laptops, coding environments, iPhones and iPads, Sketchpads, writing / drawing implements, cameras and video cameras, and whatever else you need to make sweet stuff. We’ll be finding ways of creating quick-and-dirty prototypes for testing, and then building convincing mockups by the end of the day.

Here’s the schedule (we try to stick to this, but we can change it up too):

9:00 - Doors open and breakfast begins. Groggy conversations and coffee.

10:00 - Topic presentation! We’ll give you some background and inspiration to get started with.

10:30 - Making teams and brainstorming session 1! Each team member will do rapid sketches of 4-8 different ideas. Then we’ll put them up, discuss and prioritise.

11:00 - Brainstorming session 2! Each team member will sketch a single idea. Then we’ll dot-vote and choose direction.

11:30 - Team discussion & finalizing idea

12:00 - Break for lunch

13:00 - Building your prototype begins here! This can be a sketch, paper prototype, html click dummy, a website, a video about your service or anything else that can be used for quick and dirty testing with real people.

15:30 - Testing with peers and on the streets!

16:00 - Prototyping, round 2! Refine Refine Refine!

17:30 - Finalise your presentations! Make them awesome, have fun!!!

18:00 - Final Presentations We’ll take 5 minutes with each project and see what you’ve built, and what you’ve learned.

19:00 - End of the day We’ll head to a local pub to celebrate and generally have a great time :)

This Meetup is going to bring together people and organizations working in (open) data for development.

We will feature speakers whose organizations have launched or are soon to launch a data portal for development purposes, speakers that will discuss responsible data handling for development, and others who are using large tranches of data to inform their work.

While we have some speakers secured already, we encourage anyone working on an exciting (open) data for development project to get in touch for an opportunity to speak!

AI & Politics is back. With #ge2017 around the corner we ask: can Facebook win elections?

Short talks, followed by drinks & discussion.

Speakers to be confirmed.

If you’d be interested in speaking at this or future meetups, please contact Sophie.

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aiandpolitics/

Due to strong demand, registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ai-politics-can-facebook-win-elections-tickets-34778022000

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

On Sunday 4th June election fever will be in the air: candidates crying clockwork catchphrases, pundits pontificating on polls, every citizen considering the choices before them. In other words, the perfect time for an election hackathon!

Schedule

  • 9am: Doors open & breakfast
  • 10am: Opening remarks from Newspeak, SixFifty & e.g. Democracy Club
  • 5pm: Pizza
  • 7pm: Presentations
  • 8pm: Wrap up, prizes, pub

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Spend election night at Newspeak House with a load of democracy nerds.

This will mostly look like a bunch of people furiously using laptops, but there’ll as much conviviality as is possible under the circumstances.

A short introduction, followed by discussion, then for those who want to (everyone, hopefully!), a workshop session.

We’ll develop practical ideas for how a framework of entities, each taking responsibility for some aspect of an issue, can work together to make efficient and effective assessments.

We’ll think about how these entities can operate both as algorithms and as human-powered decision makers.

This is about starting to develop a product - the relationships and mechanisms we’ll develop will underpin the workings of an ethical framework that can interact, can deliberate, can make recommendations.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

If you are interested in scholarship or activism on the topic of digital labour and the future of work, then consider joining our regular meet-up series that will be held in London.

We aim to meet from 7pm have a few drinks and talk about topics related to digital labour, the platform economy, digital gig work, and online freelancing.

Hosted by

homelesshack17 is for anyone interested in helping solve homelessness in this city and beyond.

According to Crisis, more than 8,000 people slept rough in London last year. That number has doubled since 2010. The problem is much bigger than that, though - more than 100,000 people each year apply to UK local councils for help with homelessness, and that number is increasing by more than 10% a year.

Experts from charities, service providers and government will come together with service designers, policy professionals, data analysts, developers, researchers and people with lived experience to see if we can create some useful things to help.

There will be people who know what’s needed, people who know what data is available and where to find it, and people who can take on the ideas and prototypes from the event and find ways to make them happen.

Friday 23rd June

  • 10:00 to 12:30: presentations from experts who work on homelessness in London to help hackers understand what’s needed
  • 13:30 to 17:00: open space style event for everyone to talk about their ideas for ways to help
  • 17:00 to 23:59: form self-organising teams and get to work

Saturday 24th June

  • 09:00 to 16:00: work in self-organising teams to design solutions and build working prototypes
  • 16:00 to 17:00: show and tell
  • 17:00: finish

Everyone with energy and ideas is welcome. This will be an inclusive, open and collaborative event. #Homelesshack is not only for people with special technical skills - come along if you have ideas, energy and any relevant skills or knowledge to offer. Please don’t worry if it’s your first time at an event like this - everyone is welcome and there will be plenty of help and support on offer.

The sell out corn-based snack event of the quarter is back. It’s Wine and Wotsits time.

That’s right, there aren’t enough wotsits in Campaigners lives, so a few times a year we co-ordinate people coming together to share some of their successes. It’s a pecha kucha format, which means approx 5 presentations of 20 slides, each lasting 20 seconds. It will be an opportunity to hear from cutting edge speakers doing exciting things. Previous speakers include those from Save the Children, Shelter, WWF, Unlock Democracy, Which?, Change.org, National Autistic Society, Care2, Let Toys be Toys, Transform Justice and many more. If you have something you’d love to talk about, please let us know!

Speakers

  • Sam Jeffers (The Shop) - Who targets you? The inside scoop and results of the elections most talked about new tools
  • Hayley Davidson (Crisis Action) - Creative Coalitions

We’ll be unveiling a further list of kick-ass speakers for this event over the coming weeks. Expect more learnings from the snap General Election campaign to be among them.

How many tickets are there?

A limited number, we generally have a waitlist, so sign up early. We try and fit in as many people as we can.

How does it work?

You show up with whatever you want to drink (wine, fizz, non-alcoholic, whatever takes your fancy), we provide the wotsits and some cups. You have a great evening. It’s deliberately timed to allow people to come straight from work.

If we can we will try and organise some pizza to be delivered after the event to allow people to keep talking.

Wot you waiting for? #wineandwotsits


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Come and celebrate three years of WebRoots Democracy by attending this year’s anniversary event: take back ctrl: digital democracy, post-brexit

After the ground-breaking referendum last June, we will be looking at the future of digital democracy in the UK, setting out WebRoots Democracy’s next steps, and bringing together those in the democratic participation and civic tech fields.

A drinks reception to celebrate the launch of Jamie Bartlett’s new book Radicals.

Based on two years of field work, Radicals follows the people and ideas of outsider political movements, from psychedelic pioneers searching for oneness to futurists promising immortality to anarcho-capitalists founding new nations to communes trying to create a new model for life. As the mainstream of politics seems to hollow out, Radicals poses the question: are these groups the future of politics?

Join for drinks and snacks, perhaps even some very light conversation about politics that is definitely not business as usual.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Technologists + History of Technology = History Hack

History Hack is an experiment to see what happens when you get technologists to read classics from the history of technology. Before each episode we’ll all read a text. Then we will meet up for a hack where we use the ideas from the reading to build amazing new things.

Episode 1 starts with an absolute classic: Langdon Winner’s essay “Do Artifacts Have Politics?” Winner explores a radical idea: technologies aren’t neutral inanimate objects. They have political agendas just like humans do. The essay totally reshaped the field. Let’s explore how it can reshape the way we build things.

Read the essay. Then come to Newspeak ready to brainstorm and be creative.

Journalist and filmmaker Billie JD Porter (BBC3, Channel 4, Vice) and ThinkNation invite you to an urgent summit addressing the state of political engagement across the UK.

It is a critical time for people across the UK, and on June 8, a decision will be made by all those who choose to vote. The third major vote in two years, constituents across all generations are said to already be ‘fatigued’ by the prospect of once again returning to the polling booth, but young people’s future remains at stake.

The event will be opened with the screening of “USE YOUR VOICE” - a short film that explores political disenfranchisement of the younger generation.

The film will be followed by a series of short interviews live on stage with Summit host Billie, mixed with talks and audience discussions with thought leaders across media, education, politics. Crucially, young people will be speaking on behalf of themselves.

Our agenda is not to sway people’s vote, but to call a state of emergency in encouraging young people TO vote.

This isn’t about party politics. This is much more important.

CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS:

  • Lord Jim Knight (ex Labour MP)
  • Abi Wilkinson (The Guardian)
  • Danny Fahey (Thirty Pound Gentleman)
  • Hannah Clare (Chair of the Young Green Party)
  • Simon Childs (Home Affairs Editor, Vice UK)
  • Mhairi Fraser (Director at Conservative Future Women and Parliamentary Assistant)
  • Mete Coban (Founder My Life My Say)
  • Shelly Asquith (Vice President Welfare National Union of Students)
  • Kathryn Corrick (Founder Represents)
  • Areeq Chowdhury (Chief Executive, WebRoots Democracy)
  • Kenny Imafidon (Young Political Commentator)
  • Jim Waterson (Political Editor Buzzfeed UK)
  • Gemma Styles (Writer / Digital Influencer)
  • Anna Rose Barker (Chair British Youth Council)
  • Liv Little (Editor-in-Chief gal-dem)
  • Isaiah Hull (writer and perfomer)

Schedule (subject to change)

6:45pm: Doors open for registration

7:00pm: Welcome by “Use Your Voice” event host, Billie JD Porter, who will also be joined onstage by some of the young people from “Use Your Voice” video

7:10pm: Screening of “Use Your Voice”

7:20pm-7:35pm: In Conversation: Billie talks with three of the young people from the video exploring what they learnt from their Brexit experience, and how they are engaging with GE2017

7:35-8:00pm: “Why do young people feel especially disconnected from politics?” Panel discussion followed by audience Q&A

8:00-8:30pm: “Should politics be taught at secondary school?” Panel discussion followed by audience Q&A

8.30-8.55pm: “How can we make sense of politics in the new media age?” Panel discussion followed by audience Q&A

8.55pm-9.20pm “Shouldn’t politics belong to everyone?” Panel discussion followed by audience Q&A9:20pm: Launch of Use Your Voice: The Toolkit. Billie is joined by with three young people who will explain why the Toolkit is important.

9:30pm: Networking/drinks

10:00pm: Finish

We’ll start with a short presentation on how the Ethical Framework is currently imagined - how it works, how it gets built, how it can be used.

Then we’ll get some proposals for ethical dilemmas that we can explore - choose two or three, and explore the ethical issues they raise - and work out the Ethical propositions that capture these issues.

We’ll make linkages between these, look for patterns that underly and unify them, perhaps, discuss their characteristics (what specifics of the problem affect how they apply? Do they interact with other issues? What is their relative importance?).

We’ll explore using Kumu to capture and represent all of this, and see how we can link these issues together, beginning to see what a network of ethical propositions looks like.

On the 11th of May, each councils will release a document called a Statements of Persons Nominated, which details the candidates for the upcoming election. We need to manually enter this information into a database so that more useful things can be done with it. Come and help!

Newspeak House Fellow Alex Parsons went to TicTec 2017, the Impacts of Civic Technology Conference focused on the impact that civic technology and digital democracy are having on citizens, decision makers and governments around the world.

At this event he will talk a bit about what he learned there.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

An evening of short talks and conversations around Parliament, data and democracy.

If you’re a librarian, statistician, academic, historian, technologist, designer or just interested please come along.

Rob Blackie talks about elections.

The rough agenda will be:

  • Why seats matter more than votes
  • The numbers that matter: Electorate, turnout, hard vs. soft voters
  • The two PIGs that drive campaigns (Persuasion, identification, getting out the vote)
  • Which voters matter most?
  • Messaging

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Come and join us this Saturday to collaborate in the creation of online and offline tools to support voters to access the information they need to decide who to vote for in GE2017.

We can think of 4 themes to work around that might provide a useful focus for the day but are happy to hear other proposals at the start of the event when we’ll use an ‘OpenSpace’ approach to chose what topics to work on. This builds on much of the work that’s been happening in the past days and weeks.

We invite people with skills in UI, digital, data, political science, activism, media and communications to join us for a co-design session to build on and contribute to a range of initiatives which aim to build a progressive alliance and enable data-informed tactical voting on 8 June.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

OpenIDEO is a global community working together to design solutions for the world’s biggest challenges. Come along to the launch of the London Outpost if you want to:

  • Use design thinking for issues you care about.
  • Exchange ideas with people everywhere.
  • Help projects get off the ground.
  • Connect with others in your community.

As well as introducing you to OpenIDEO London we will use Human-Centred Design to tackle a current challenge: How Can We Provide Higher Education for Refugees?

Draft Agenda:

  • 6.30pm Poster Session
  • 7.00pm Welcome and Introduction to OpenIDEO London
  • 7.30pm Challenge: How Can We Provide Higher Education for Refugees?
  • 9.30pm Community Development
  • 10.00pm Close

Keep abreast of developments by following @OpenIDEOLondon on Twitter.

Ludum Dare is a global event where you create a game from scratch in a weekend based on a theme. The theme is voted on by the community and revealed at the beginning of the jam.

There will be:

  • Lightning fast internet speeds
  • Showers
  • 24 hour access
  • Free food and drink
  • Optional self-care activites
  • Tables and chairs

What to bring to a game jam:

  • A laptop and charger
  • Pens, paper, whiteboards - whatever you need to get creative
  • A sleeping bag and a pillow
  • A matt or blow-up mattress

Money from ticket sales will all go towards providing free food and drink. If you are a student or unemployed and cannot afford a ticket get in touch at r.carbomascarell (at) gmail (dot) com.

Learn more about Ludum Dare: http://ludumdare.com/

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ludum-dare-game-jam-at-newspeak-house-tickets-32981465451

In the past months, speculation over whether Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will run for president has intensified. After the Trump victory, nothing of this sort seems impossible. Would such a shift establish a democratic tech utopia - or would it marginalise dissent in a way unseen even in 20th century dictatorships?

LightClock presents: ZUCKERBERG 2020?

Join us for our panel debate and our provocative games over drinks.

Panelists include:

There’s going to be a UK General Election on Thurs 8 June.

Last time around, Democracy Club — a non-partisan group of technologists — used digital tech to help voters get better informed about their candidates. We reached millions of voters.

This time, there’s lots more stuff we can do — with your help! And we want more ideas!

This will be an open space session where we get together to talk data infrastructure, how we use that data, how we know what voters want, how we can use it, test it, research it.

Everyone is welcome — from activists to designers to techies — so long as you’re willing to do stuff!

A quick first draft of our plans, questions, resources etc is going in this Google Doc: https://goo.gl/8WtZvc

Not in London? Organise your own meetup and add it here: https://goo.gl/Mbbo2p Tweet it @democlub and we’ll help publicise it!

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Freedom of Information and Openness - why bother? The past, present and future of transparency in the UK

This event looks at why politicians push openness, how they try and back out of it and what happens once the policies are in place. It will look across FOI and Open Data in the UK and offer some thoughts on what may happen to the transparency agenda with Brexit.

Speakers

  • Dr Ben Worthy, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Martin Rosenbaum, BBC, FOI expert

The discussion coincides with the publication of Ben’s new book on this topic, ‘The Politics of Freedom of Information: How and Why Governments Pass Laws That Threaten Their Power’. The first chapter is available online here.

Tom Steinberg (@steiny) has decided to start a book club/reading group for Newspeak House folk and their most thoughtful friends.

The club will focus on books that relate to politics, activism, techno-social change, the news media, government innovation and failure.

This month we will be reading Red Plenty by Francis Spufford

Expect strong characters, a fascinating fact/fiction hybrid, Leninist dogma, and linear programming.

Drop tom an email to tom@tomsteinberg.co.uk so he knows you’re interested.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

We’re meeting up to hear about what’s new with decentralised apps, the Redecentralize Radar and have some drinks!

What is redecentralization?

We’re at the start of a new information revolution. The last one was the printing press.

It took centuries for us to work out how to use print fairly. Concepts like copyright, the novel and libraries were formed, which we all take for granted now.

Although it seems like lots has happened… personal computers, the world wide web, smart phones… Really, it’s only just begun.

The original Internet was decentralized. Anyone could set up parts of it. That’s why it won.

For various reasons, control of our information technologies is increasingly falling into a few hands. Some big companies and Governments.

We want it to become decentralized. Again.

Join ORG London for a discussion with ORG Legal Director Myles Jackman and feminist pornographer and sexual liberties campaigner Pandora Blake, about the Digital Economy Bill and what it could mean for you.

Myles Jackman who once described online pornography as “the canary in the coalmine of free speech” and is best known for his cutting edge practice in obscenity law and sexual freedom of expression.

Pandora campaigns for sexual freedom, read her Guardian article about the Bill link

Find out more about the Bill link

Meeting for volunteers for Generation Rent and lettingfees.co.uk to update and expand the database of letting fees ahead of the consultation on letting fees.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

The sell out corn-based snack event of the quarter is back. It’s Wine and Wotsits time.

You say wot?

That’s right, there aren’t enough wotsits in Campaigners lives, so a few times a year we co-ordinate people coming together to share some of their successes. It’s a pecha kucha format, which means approx 5 presentations of 20 slides, each lasting 20 seconds.

It will be an opportunity to hear from cutting edge speakers doing exciting things. Previous speakers include those from Save the Children, Shelter, WWF, Unlock Democracy, Which?, Change.org, National Autistic Society, Care2 and many more. If you have something you’d love to talk about, please let us know!

Who is speaking?

We will be unveiling our full speaker line up over the coming week but it includes

  • Penelope Gibbs - Director at Transform Justice on Herding cats- how one campaigner tried to persuade the criminal justice sector to reframe it’s messaging
  • Jess Day - Campaigner, Let Toys be Toys
  • Laura Osborne - Head of Corporate Affairs, Which?
  • Rachel Collinson - Donor Whisper for most of the big charities you have ever come across!
  • … and more to come.

How many tickets are there?

A limited number, we generally have a waitlist, so sign up early. We try and fit in as many people as we can.

How does it work?

You show up with whatever you want to drink (wine, fizz, non alcoholic, whatever takes your fancy), we provide the wotsits and some cups. You have a great evening. It’s deliberately timed to allow people to come straight from work.

Wot you waiting for? #wineandwotsits

Join us for the launch of the OpenOwnership Register: an open data register of global beneficial ownership, in the public interest.

The revelations of the Panama Papers have shown that anonymous company ownership bears an unacceptably high cost for society and business. On the anniversary of this game-changing leak, we are launching a tool that will bring information about who owns companies out into the open. By linking beneficial ownership data from worldwide corporate registries and other sources, and by providing a clear, consistent mechanism for data collection, the OpenOwnership Register will help reveal the transnational connections between people and companies and build a culture of corporate transparency.

Get a first look at the pilot version of the OpenOwnership Register.

Take a tour of the platform and learn how it will enable governments to crack down on crime, allow companies to verify who they are really doing business with and empower civil society to investigate and campaign against injustice.

The launch will be webcast worldwide. We welcome your questions before or during the launch on the Twitter hashtag #OpenOwnership or via email to info@openownership.org.

Speakers

This live event will be streamed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckC_EIvny9U

Timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Panama Papers leaks, this event will convene a range of journalist, data/tech and civil society actors to share research and findings released in the year since the leaks, share plans and brainstorm collective actions to make progress.

Programme:

  • 8:30 Registration
  • 9:00 Introduction, by Gerard Ryle, Director, ICIJ
  • 9:15 – 10:45 MiddleMen, Mansions & Maseratis: new research and tools
    • Drew Sullivan, OCCRP on brand new leaks
    • Max Heywood, Transparency International on brand new research on money laundering through luxury goods
    • Zosia Sztykowski, OpenOwnership on new tools
    • Rachel Davies, Transparency International UK on property
    • Oliver Bullough, journalist on getting the money back
  • 10:45 – 11:15 Networking break
  • 11:15 – 1:15 Pitches and plans
    • Naomi Hirst, Global Witness on golden visas
    • Nick Mathiason, Finance Uncovered on tax disclosure
    • Madeleine McCarroll, B Team on Ownership Transparency
    • Robert Palmer, Open Data Charter on what next
    • Emma Prest and Rishi Kumar, Datakind on data science in investigations
    • Alix Dunn, The Engine Room on support for making the right data/tech choices in projects
  • 1:15 – 1:30 Wrap-up
  • 1:30 – 2:00 Lunch

• Ever found yourself stuck behind a corporate desk wondering what happened to your dreams of changing the world?

• Ever wondered how to leverage the resources of your company for global justice causes?

• Ever wanted to meet other young professionals with a similar passion for doing good?

EA Workplace Activism is a new project aimed at answering these questions - we use the power of our workplaces to maximise our positive impact, and help others do the same. You can make a real difference within and through your company - come and find out how at this informal, discussion-based event. Tickets are free via Eventbrite. We have a few speakers:

• Jo Macrae (GiveDirectly & former Head of UK Humanitarian Policy). Speaking about GiveDirectly’s pioneering work to administer direct cash transfers to the poorest households in East Africa.

• George Howlett (EA Workplace Activism/CEA). Giving an overview of our workplace activism to date, and discussing how we can leverage corporate resources for high-impact causes.

• Dr. David Reinstein (Exeter University Business School). David’s innovative ‘Give-if-you-Win’ initiative seeks to raise charitable donations from corporate bonus pools, via asking people to commit amounts in advance.

  • 12:00-13:20 Intro to Effective Altruism workshop
  • 13:20-14:00 Lunch (separately ticketed)
  • 14:00-17:00 Workplace Activism Launch
  • 14:10 Short talks on workplace activism
  • 14:50 Discussion on workplace activism
  • 15:20 Break
  • 15:40 Activism brainstorming & planning
  • 16:40 End + feedback + stay for a drink

This event will be the pre-launch the effective altruism workplace handbook: http://eaworkplaceactivism.org/handbook-overview/

How can machine learning affect the political process?

Short talks, followed by drinks & discussion.

Miles Brundage - Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Future for Humanity Institute and a PhD candidate at Arizona State University in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology. His research is focused on policy challenges in artificial intelligence. He is also affiliated with the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO), the Virtual Institute of Responsible Innovation (VIRI), and the Journal of Responsible Innovation (JRI). Miles will be talking about progress in AI and its long-term policy implications.

If you’d be interested in speaking at this or future meetups, please contact Shad.

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aiandpolitics/

Due to strong demand, registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ai-politics-episode-iii-tickets-32469821109

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

What we believe about the world affects the decisions we make every day, whether we are citizens or presidents. Bad information means bad decisions, and it corrodes trust. Join us and our special guests on the 27th of March at Newspeak House in London to discuss fake news and the misinformation ecosystem, and how best to respond.

The Panel

  • Richard Allan, Vice President Public Policy EMEA at Facebook
  • Peter Barron, Vice President Communications and Public Affairs EMEA at Google
  • Rob Owers, Head of News Partnerships EMEA at Twitter
  • Jenni Sargent, Managing Director at First Draft News
  • Will Moy, Director at Full Fact

The Host

Bill Thompson, BBC

The Event

Full Fact is the UK’s leading factchecking charity, and has been at the forefront of automated factchecking. We’ve been to a lot of events about fake news recently, but none quite provided the opportunity for people to hear directly from the key players. So we organised this. We hope you enjoy the evening. The event will be live streamed. You can follow the Full Fact twitter account on the night for the live feed. Tickets are free. However, Full Fact is a charity, so if you would like to donate we would be very grateful.

Tickets will be released in batches:

First batch released on Weds March 15th at noon

Second batch released on Weds March 22nd at noon

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/full-fact-presents-not-the-fake-news-tickets-32541136415

An evening for all freelancers to learn about setting up cooperatives.

Self-employment is booming in the capital. Freelancing can be liberating, but all too often this comes at a price: isolation, precariousness and insecure pay.

Join us for an evening of discussion, meeting like-minded freelancers, and hearing from speakers including Pat Conaty and Alex Bird (Co-operatives UK), and Kayleigh Walsh (Outlandish - a tech cooperative of freelancers).

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Come to the launch of “The Mask and The Flag: Populism, Citizenism and Global Protest” by Dr Paolo Gerbaudo, Lecturer in Digital Culture and Society at King’s College London.

From the Arab Spring to the Spanish Indignados, from Occupy Wall Street in New York to Nuit Debout in Paris, contemporary protest bears the mark of citizenism, a libertarian and participatory brand of populism which appeals to ordinary citizens outraged at the arrogance of political and financial elites in the wake of the Great Recession.

The book draws from 140 interviews with activists and live witnesses of occupations and demonstrations to explore the new politics nurtured by the movement of the squares of 2011-16 and its reflection of an exceptional phase of crisis and social transformation.

  • 7:30 Paolo will present his book and discuss the relevance of the progressive populism of the 2011 occupy wave for contemporary politics
  • 8:00 Response by journalist and author Dan Hancox
  • 8:30 Debate
  • 9:00 Drinks & mingling, and the chance to buy signed copies of the book.

Sarah Kavanagh from the National Union of Journalists will be joined by Pam Cowburn, Open Rights Group’s Communications Director, to discuss the implications of the proposed Espionage Act.

Join us for a discussion and Q&A followed by a trip to the Brewdog pub next door.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Tom Steinberg (@steiny) has decided to start a book club/reading group for Newspeak House folk and their most thoughtful friends.

The club will focus on books that relate to politics, activism, techno-social change, the news media, government innovation and failure.

I’ve decided to rocket forward from the 19th century to the 21st, looking at a book that’s mainly about the lessons from the Bernie Sanders campaign: https://goo.gl/Jg0aIW

Drop tom an email to tom@tomsteinberg.co.uk so he knows you’re interested.

If you’re involved in Another Europe Is Possible, or an allied or interested campaign, feel free to join us for an evening of fun, politics and socialising.

We’ll have a quick presentation about what Another Europe is doing - including our fight against hard Brexit, campaigns for free movement and migrants’ rights, and Stop Trump. Exciting speaker TBA.

And then we’ll spend the rest of the evening getting to know each other and having a nice time.

Please make sure to get a ticket through the Eventbrite in order to give us an idea of actual numbers.

We invite you, whether you’re in London or afar, to a weekend of learning, making, and doing to advance Open Research Data. The event is hosted by SPARC and the NIH as part of an international celebration for Open Data Day.

At its heart, Open Research Data is about making it easy for you and others to see, use and share data (to find out more, read this). This simple idea is powering some of the largest breakthroughs of our time and our event aims to celebrate and accelerate the power of Open Research Data.

We invite you, whether new or old to Open Research Data, scholar or citizen, in London or across the globe, to join us for this weekend to make, hack, contribute, try, teach, design, test, learn (or just about anything!) in the name of Open Research Data.

In London, we’ll provide fast wifi, power (both for your laptops and your bodies) and a program that will spark ideas and collaborations for the weekend.

If you can’t make it to London, join us online from wherever you are. We’ll be documenting and discussing ideas before, during, and after the event for remote participants. As a remote participant, expect to be able to pitch and discuss your ideas for the weekend with all attendees!

Program

Each day will run 9am - 6pm. We’ll provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks (including coffee, of course) with informal dinner & drinks each evening. The program is designed to be lightweight and flexible to allow the maximum time for doing.

Day one

  • 9-10 am: Breakfast
  • 10-12 am: Introductions & opening / pitches
  • 12-1 pm: Lunch
  • 1-6pm: Working with occasional lightning talks

Day two

  • 9-10 am: Breakfast
  • 10-12 am: Working with occasional lightning talks
  • 12-1 pm: Lunch
  • 1-6 pm: Working with occasional lightning talks

Ideas for the Weekend

We’re organizing ideas & more details on the program here. It’s up for you to decide how you spend the weekend, but if you’re short on ideas, here are some of ours:

  • Trying to find / reuse an open data set
  • Building engaging (and open) visualizations of open research data
  • Adding some field-specific examples to Data Carpentry lessons
  • Building a software library (Python module/ R package/ Ruby gem etc.) to facilitate access to and processing of open data from specific sources
  • Building a set of Wikidata SPARQL queries for a specific field
  • Harvesting data from the supplementary files of scholarly publications
  • Participating in research-related activities that others are planning for Open Data Day
  • A data-centric walk around the neighbourhood
  • Improving documentation for any of the above
  • Adding a “research data” section to the Open Data Handbook
  • Improving Wikipedia pages around or with open research data
  • Writing data management plans
  • Writing data-centric grant proposals
  • Make your own data FAIR
  • Test out reproducible computational tools such as Binder, R-Shiny, CodeOcean [we can supply a list of resources]
  • Prototype a tool to leverage the open datasets in eLife or in repositories (Zenodo, Dataverse, etc)
  • Prototype a tool to make it easy for researchers to share/discover/consume comprehensive, open and FAIR data
  • Devise a mechanism to incentivise deposition, review and reuse of datasets

Since the last People Before Pixels meetup, almost a year ago, a lot has happened politically and in how we design public sector services. But we’ve seen the rise of one question that now seems to dominates both: who do you work for?

The language we use to describe the people who use public sector services has been changing. ‘Human centred design’ has turned to ‘user experience’ and now to ‘designing for citizens’. How has this impacted the way we include people who use digital services? How do we talk about individual users as a group of people? And how do these groupings change our expectations of their behaviour? Will designing for citizens empower people using public sector services? What are the user needs for empowerment and how will we design for it?

Speaker: Rose Rees Jones @rosebotanic

I will be kickstarting a new round of monthly people before pixels with this discussion. This meetup welcomes anyone who is interested.

As always my fifteen minute talk will be followed lively conversation and drinks.

Doors: 6.30pm

Talk: 7.00pm

If you’d like to speak at this event or host a future event let me know: @rosebotanic, #pb4pixels

EXPLORE OPEN COMPANY DATA & MAP CORPORATE NETWORKS

Drop in with your laptop, charger and enthusiasm to join us for an evening of civic activism.

We’re turning the monthly FlashHacks into every few months to make sure we can accommodate more people & partner with NGOs. We’ll be releasing more information in the lead up to the event!

We live in the era of transnational companies. If Panama Papers proved one thing - the world of business is complex, opaque and in critical need of transparency. Not just transparency but radical transparency, so we know who controls companies and how far their networks reach. OpenCorporates has always been a community-led initiative, and we would not have reached 125 million companies in over 100 jurisdictions worldwide without our community. You have joined the battle by writing bots, finding datasets, talking about us at events and working with us to convince governments to open up their data.

Clearly, if we are to win the battle to make a closed world open, we can only do so together. These events are a great opportunity to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into the nitty gritty of opening up data!

Hope to see you all there.

p.s. if you’re not on Slack already, please do sign up as that will be our main port for communication and work: slack.opencorporates.com

Register

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

How can machine learning affect the political process?

Short talks, followed by drinks & discussion. Speakers TBC.

If you’d be interested in speaking at this or future meetups, please contact Shad.

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aiandpolitics/

Due to strong demand, registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ai-politics-episode-ii-tickets-32095092285

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

An evening of short talks and conversations around Parliament, data and democracy.

If you’re a librarian, statistician, academic, historian, technologist, designer or just interested please come along.

Speakers

  • Dan Barrett - head of data and search at Parliament Digital Service - www.twitter.com/dasbarrett
  • Tony Hirst - Open Data Journalist https://www.twitter.com/psychemedia
  • Michelle Isme - Product Manager @gdsteam working on open registers https://www.twitter.com/icoo
  • Oli Hawkins - Statistical researcher at the House of Commons Library https://www.twitter.com/olihawkins
  • Steve Goodrich - Senior Research Officer at Transparency International UK https://www.twitter.com/stevejgoodrich
  • Megan Lucero - Director of the Data Lab at @TBIJ // Formerly Data Journalism Editor at @thetimes and @thesundaytimes https://www.twitter.com/megan_lucero
  • James Smith - Head of @ODILabs, party leader of @havesomenew, founder of @CleanwebUK, and chair of @CDCSSGUK https://www.twitter.com/floppy

How can digital tools be used to make information on agriculture development funding more accessible, and more actionable?

Join us to hear pitches from expert developers from across the world - sharing their plans to use state-of-the-art technology to improve aid and agriculture data.

This session is a public culmination of a week-long tool accelerator. Hear insights from our panel of judges, and provide your questions and feedback through an audience-choice session.

About the Initiative for Open Ag Funding

The Initiative for Open Ag Funding supports efforts to tackle hunger and food insecurity by improving the availability and quality of agricultural investment data. We know that in 2014 roughly $8.3 billion of official development assistance (ODA) was disbursed for agricultural-related development. However, we cannot accurately say where it was spent, who benefited or what that assistance achieved.

The Initiative for Open Ag Funding is aimed at ensuring that agriculture and food security practitioners have the data they need to answer those questions, with the ultimate goal of increasing the effectiveness of efforts in the sector. By improving access to this data, organizations will be better able to coordinate, find partners, identify promising approaches and target their assistance.

To that end, we are hosting a four day tool development workshop where specialist software developers will explore agriculture-relevant data needs, and build a series of prototype tools to address them. These include:

  • Improving the workflow for geocoding IATI data;

  • Approaches to merge improvements into IATI data without requiring updates to publisher’s source systems;

  • Improved API and query-tools for access to enhanced agriculture funding data;

  • Greater awareness of IATI amongst key stakeholders;

  • Improved user-friendly interfaces for access to open agriculture funding data.

Join us on the final day to hear the outcomes of the challenge, as the development teams present their ideas on how we can use data to tackle world hunger.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

We are not the only sufferers of ugly referendums. In Colombia, a recent national vote to end a fifty year war with the FARC guerrillas failed by 50.2% to 49.8%.

Ed Maklouf has just returned from three months living with and studying the political processes of remote Colombian communities: the FARC guerrillas, indigenous Arhuaco indians and Amazonian indians, afrodescendiente communities, and citizens of Bogota, Cali, and Medellin.

Come and hear about the history of their local decision-making processes, how their communities understood and responded to the peace referendum, and Ed’s experiments augmenting their politics with new technology. A talk followed by discussion.

Ed is writing a book about consensus “Hands Up - the history of voting” and is the founder of Gather, a social impact startup that makes democracy tech for citizen science, citizen reporting, and voting/consensus. He studied group communication at Stanford University, developed the Siine Keyboard, and now aims to improve collective agreements using both technology and historical research.

  • Workshop: 1pm-5pm
  • Meetup: Digital Democracy & EU (drinks and pizza!) 5pm-7pm

How well are we using online and digital technology to take part in politics? Do platforms already exist for engaging with politics from a local to European level, or do we need to create something new? If so what, and how?

Bring your ears and your ideas to explore with others which online tools/platforms could be most powerful for people to engage with politicians and help you get your opinions heard where it matters.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet a variety of international people with expertise in the field of digital democracy, but we want to hear your expertise too. We hope you will develop thoughts and ideas about how you would like to engage in politics and input your ideas - whether you know a little or a lot!

Be part of an international programme - this event is part of a series being run in Paris, Iceland, Latvia, Slovenia, Amsterdam, Athens and Brussels as part of a European Commission funded investigation into how best to engage people with legislation making. It aims to explore the tools available and crowdsource the requirements for engaging citizens.

How do we give power to the people - could digital democracy be the answer? Be part of deciding the future. Priority on the waitlist for tickets will be given to people aged 30 and under.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

How can machine learning affect the political process?

Short talks, followed by drinks & discussion.

https://etherpad.net/p/AI+Politics

Speakers:

Jonathan Penn - Jonnie Penn is a doctoral candidate and Rausing, Williamson and Lipton scholar at the University of Cambridge. His current research explores the history of artificial intelligence, 1950-69.

Dhruv Ghulati - Dhruv is the CEO and Co-Founder of Factmata, an artificial intelligence startup solving the problem of automatic fact checking, rumour detection and fake news detection using natural language processing. Dhruv will be talking about the role of fact checking and fake news in today’s society.

Sam Applebee - Sam is the founder of Super Global, a social enterprise connecting humanitarian projects with expert technologists. At AI startup Satalia he explores the role of organisational purpose for AI companies. He holds an MSc in Global Governance. Sam will talk about openings for AI-stack technologies in civil society, and pose some challenges to cooperation.

Others TBC. If you’d be interested in speaking at this or future meetups, please contact Shad.

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aiandpolitics/

Due to strong demand, registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ai-politics-episode-i-tickets-31060675316

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

The Housing crisis is a ‘wicked’ problem, with multiple causes and effects. Clearly though, a key piece of the puzzle lies in the way we finance the development of new homes. Throughout much of the 20th century, we have largely been dependent on the speculative land development to finance the delivery of new homes, typically financed by short-term loans from major banks.

As that model becomes increasingly less viable in many areas, as other diverse modes of development grow and as digital technology allows more kinds of lending and contract-making, what new innovative models can we imagine to finance homes and neighbourhoods in the 21st century?

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Through hundreds of Freedom of Information requests, Debt Resistance UK have obtained a dataset of LOBO loan contracts. These are risky and expensive loans miss-sold to local authority by financial institutions, to the detriment of public services.

We’ve already processed much of the information, but by opening it up to others we can realise its value. So join us on the hack day, to make new analyses or visualisations, to help complete the dataset or just to get to know others working on pressing issues in local finance.

All of the data will be published online. Some is already there. See the council of Newham as an example: http://lada.debtresistance.uk/local-authorities/newham/

People with all kinds of skillsets are welcome. We will provide clear step-by-step guides on how to participate for those who prefer it.

People in London are getting together at Newspeak House, but the hackathon will be run online so you can participate from any part of the country as long as you have an internet connection.

Register & find out more

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

To avoid over-crowding, entrance will be strictly limited to people who »»» sign up in advance «««

This event is the second of a series of joint meetups between GlobalNet21 and London Futurists.

An important debate over ethical principles has become overdue. Should the widespread disruptions of the digital age alter our conceptions about morality and ethics? Which ethical principles from previous eras should we continue to uphold (perhaps with extra urgency)? Are there new considerations and realisations that we would want to inform our decisions about the future of technology and the future of humanity? In such discussions, what should our starting point be?

Rapidly advancing technology is placing within our reach unprecedented power to remake human bodies, human minds, and human society. Age-old constraints and limitations are being swept aside. But just because we now have the opportunity to remould human character, it does not follow that we should take these steps. If our viewpoint is too short-sighted, or too techno-centric, we might miss the bigger picture. We might edit key features of human nature in ways we’ll soon come to regret. Like King Midas of old, we may discover that our wishes have devastatingly bad consequences.

This is no mere academic discussion. It has profound real-world consequences. Engineers are awaiting input from philosophers for the “moral guidance” modules of powerful new robots and AIs. Politicians, likewise, are looking around for assistance in drafting legislation governing new technology. What advice should we be offering?

The panellists:

  • Dr. Stephen Minger, former Chief Scientist, GE Healthcare Life Sciences, and former Senior Lecturer in Stem Cell Biology at Kings College London

  • Others to be announced

About London Futurists:

From http://www.meetup.com/London-Futurists/

This group is for people who are interested in the future and maybe want to help shape it.

The acceleration of technology means that the near future may bring radical changes to all of us. Major developments in technologies like anti-aging, nanotech, genetics, computing, robotics, and geo-engineering are going to make the next few years very exciting - and possibly also very dangerous. We could gain god-like powers - but we might also lose sight of our humanity, and destroy everything that we used to hold dear.

What’s your view? Are things improving? Too slowly or too quickly? Are we are entering a new golden age? Or is the potential “Technological Singularity” something to fear? What does it mean to talk about “Human 2.0” and “Humanity+”? Or perhaps you view such talk as techno-hype? Maybe you just like the practical side of technology and want to find out more about possible paradigm shifts?

Anybody is welcome to this group - you don’t have to be a Techno Geek or work for some futuristic company to be in our group. The future applies to us all!

Come join in the debate - have your opinions voiced and maybe make some interesting new friends.

All we ask is that members treat each other with the respect they would want for themselves. Our group has members of many ages and backrounds. We have many different perspectives on what the future may bring and like to share different ideas with each other. We approach the future with a open mind and sense of humility. Our group mission is to introduce you to some of the ideas, advancements and people who are making our future happen today.

About GlobalNet21:

From http://www.meetup.com/GlobalNet21/:

“GlobalNet21 is the leading forum in the UK for discussing the major issues in the 21st Century. We share a common concern for the sustainability of both our planet and the people on it. With almost 20,000 network members in the UK and abroad, we are making the debate, and democracy, more accessible by enlarging the Public Square and using social networks.

“As well as a network of individuals we have also set up a collaborative network of organisations to exchange good practice and transfer knowledge so that we can learn from each other. This network is cross boundary and includes local authorities, housing associations, universities, community groups and social enterprises. Our aim is through dialogue to celebrate diversity and develop community self-resilience and sustainability at a time of unprecedented social and environmental change.”

To avoid over-crowding, entrance will be strictly limited to people who »»» sign up in advance «««

A consortium of voluntary sector funders are soliciting a major review of local level activity, particularly as regards to digital strategy. Come and contribute to the report in the first of a series of facilitated workshops, where we will review examples of innovative projects and present new user research for discussion.

In this session, we’ll look at “Slipham”, a project simulating a fictional London borough.

Our previous workshop in May at the Centre for Ageing Better was attended by 45 people from over 30 organisations, and focused on how we could help older people discover the ecosystem of digital services aimed at improving their wellbeing.

Come to the second of our series of talks given by members of the Open Rights Group community.

Ever since the Snowden revelations in June 2013 there has been a growing awareness of the depth and breadth of the data we generate and how it renders us into ever more traceable objects of surveillance. The profoundly asymmetrical, political economic dimensions of the production and circulations of data have led to deeply problematic power relations wherein every keystroke, website visited or application downloaded are now rich sites of potential surplus value. With the proliferation of mobile platforms, digital footprints are expanding rapidly, especially those of young people. More…

Speaker: Jennifer Pybus, Senior Lecturer in Advertising at London College of Communication

There will time for a Q&A afterwards before we de-camp to the pub. Please come along and bring any interested friends.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Food, drink & festivities! Come and celebrate the end of a very long year.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

This month we will be learning how to scrape data from the web using Nightmare.js, a node.js-based browser automation library.

Make sure to bring a laptop, as we will be following a tutorial together as a group. No programming experience is required.

After the tutorial, we will be staying in Newspeak House for an early Christmas party to celebrate the end of the year. Since we have no sponsor this month, it’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer or other beverage). There’s an off-licence a few doors down.

Be sure to check out the collaborative hackpad and add links to cool data journalism-related stuff you’ve seen in the last month for the show & tell section!

Schedule:
- 7:00 Doors open
- 7:30 Show & tell
- 7:45 Tutorial
- 9:00 Christmas party!

Have ideas about what we should cover next year? Add them here.

Dr Shamil Chandaria will lead a discussion on:

  • Understanding longevity trends
  • The science of life extension
  • The importance of developing super-wellbeing in conjunction with super-longevity and super-intelligence
  • Social and economic implications of super-longevity

Shamil is a philosopher, entrepreneur and technology investor. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy within the School of Advanced Study at the University of London and Senior Advisor at Google DeepMind.

We’ll also have a talk from Katz Kiely on how we can better help people manage change and the importance of autonomy and a feeling of fairness in helping people thrive in change. Katz is a communication strategist who has worked with the UN, Ogilvy and other international organisations.

Exponential View events are hand-curated, participatory events tackling the most interesting and challenging questions of the day.

Your brains will be challenged and contribution expected, so we will serve dinner and drinks during the evening to keep you fuelled up.

Advance registration is required (£75).

Tom Steinberg (@steiny) has decided to start a book club/reading group for Newspeak House folk and their most thoughtful friends.

The club will meet once every 6 weeks, and will focus on books that relate to politics, activism, techno-social change, the news media, government innovation and failure.

Next up, a book about the moment when Britain truly became a democracy for the first time, and the amazingly tense and occasionally surreal events that it took to get us there. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, well, that’s absolutely perfect! That means you should really enjoy reading our second bookclub book ‘Perilous Question’ by Antonia Fraser.

Drop tom an email to tom@tomsteinberg.co.uk so he knows you’re interested.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Technological advance has long promised a world of leisure and liberation. Yet, embedded within class relations and capitalist production, for the mass of people automation has meant ever-intensifying exploitation.

Can technology’s revolutionary potential be captured for a different future, or will it remain wedded to the domination of capital?

Michael Roberts, radical economist and author of ‘The Long Depression’, discusses past and future technology in relation to the class struggle and capitalist crises.

Nick Srnicek, author of ‘Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work’, argues liberation can only be achieved through the acceleration of technological innovation.

»»Register (for free)««

Pol.is is currently in use by the vTaiwan initiative, through which hundreds of thousands have taken part in forming government policy on contentious issues such as regulation of Uber and AirBnB. Following the success of vTaiwan, Pol.is is now being experimented with by movements around the world. Attend this workshop to experiment with the platform and see what it can do.

More details tbc

Recommended reading:

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Drop in with your laptop, charger and enthusiasm to join us for an evening of civic activism. Did you know that OpenCorporates has millions of records on non-profits and community contributors have created corporate groupings on them?

We live in the era of transnational companies. If Panama Papers proved one thing - the world of business is complex, opaque and in critical need of transparency. Not just transparency but radical transparency, so we know who controls companies and how far their networks reach. OpenCorporates has always been a community-led initiative, and we would not have reached 100 million companies in over 100 jurisdictions worldwide without our community. You have joined the battle by writing bots, finding datasets, talking about us at events and working with us to convince governments to open up their data.

Clearly, if we are to win the battle to make a closed world open, we can only do so together. These events are a great opportunity to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into the nitty gritty of opening up data!

p.s. if you’re not on Slack already, please do sign up as that will be our main port for communication and work: slack.opencorporates.com

Register

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Come to the first of our series of talks given by members of the ORG community.

We’ll be kicking off with a session on surveillance and totalitarianism in literature, and how the nightmarish world of George Orwell’s ‘1984’ can still be seen as relevant for the digital age. The talk will be lead by Dr. Simon Willmetts, lecturer in American Studies at the University of Hull.

There will time for a Q&A afterwards before we de-camp to the pub. Please come along and bring any interested friends.

Artifical intelligence and deep learning are both interesting topics no matter where you choose to apply them. Many have thought of the considerations of AI in education, music, security and automation, but not a lot of practical thought has been put into AI and politics. At AI + Politics, we’re aiming to build politically disruptive AI. Though what does this mean? This could mean anything from an AI politician to a deep learning algorithm that changes people’s political persuasions over time.

Some of the tools you may consider using at this hack are Tensorflow, Keras, Alchemy & OpenCog.

Come along and build something with AI that will advance the inevitable robot apocalypse.

Outlandish are a digital co-op, who this year decided to give away some of their hard-earned income to run a funding program (the Outlandish Fellowship) for grassroots tech for good projects.

Through running this program, a number of fundamental questions arose, such as:

  • What are our shared values?
  • How do we best use resources to promote the change we want to see?
  • How do we define ‘good’?
  • Why do accountants find it so difficult to grasp the idea of giving money away?

We’d like to explore these and other related questions with the broader tech for good community both as an input to building the community and to encourage enquiry and discovery. To do this we’re hosting an event to mark the end of the experiment that was the Outlandish Fellowship. This will be a space to discuss, reflect and have your ideas and opinions heard in a group setting.

This will be an interactive event, held by an experienced facilitator, and is designed to bring together and involve anyone who would self-identify as being involved in tech for good, be that as a hacktivist, startup founder, freelance developer, member of a charity/NGO, funding organisation or anyone else missing from this list.

We would especially like to hear the voices of the under-represented in this space, e.g. female / non-white / non-cis developers, and from non-techie people, e.g. activists / campaigners who rely on tech.

We will also hear from members of Outlandish on their experience of setting up the fellowship, why they didn’t just spend their surplus on Kickstarter projects, and how sociocracy and tools like Loomio were used in the process.

The event will finish with drinks, while we listen to some rapid talks from the creators of the projects that were funded by the fellowship: Balu, Beehive, CoPitch, Cyclestreets, HelpText and Project Tide.

We really look forward to seeing you there; please direct any questions you have about the event to Matt (mp@outlandish.com).

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Learn the LIVES data standard & lessons from scaling the standard in the US

What is LIVES?

The LIVES data standard presents restaurant inspection data from various jurisdictions in the same data standard, even if their score format differs. LIVES originated with the innovative public health and open data work of San Francisco and New York City, was coordinated with Yelp (the restaurant review website), and evolved from a 1.0 to a 2.0 standard in August, 2015. Over the last few years, the LIVES data standard launched restaurant inspection data in multiple open data portals and were ingested into restaurant information websites like Yelp. Governments use LIVES track, benchmark, and share their restaurant inspection data. A flexible and compelling open data standard, LIVES has lessons for anyone working with open data or in public health/food safety.

What will I learn?

At this workshop, you’ll learn the following:

  • The basics of mapping to, implementing the LIVES data standard
  • How to strategically engage stakeholders and potential data standard users
  • Lessons from LIVES on developing and evolving successful data standards
  • How data standards like LIVES can serve citizens AND governments, lowering costs, improving processes, and improving outcomes for citizens

Participants will receive:

  • An interactive workshop on LIVES
  • Access to LIVES best practices guide
  • Slide deck for sharing LIVES with stakeholders
  • One free hour of Smarter Civic consulting time (included in paid tickets)
  • Post-workshop happy hour

Who is hosting the LIVES workshop?

Meet Sarah Schacht, principal consultant with Smarter Civic. Schacht is a two time foodborne illness survivor who created the 2.0 versioning of the LIVES data standard in coordination with other LIVES stakeholders like Yelp. Her work as Public Health Data Advisor at Socrata led 10 governments, from small cities to national agencies, through the implementation process of the LIVES data standard. With more than a decade of experience in open government, civic technology, and open data, Schacht’s a published author (Open Government, by O’Reilly Publishing), public speaker (including Open Knowledge Fest & Con), and advisor to civil society (Transparency and Accountability Initiative) and governments in the US and internationally.

Through Smarter Civic, Schacht brings lessons from evolving the LIVES data standard, scaling its use, and implementing the standard for government launch and private sector ingest.

Register now

It’s the second Hackney Hack Night!

This time, we’re focusing on the care system.

Here’s roughly what we will do:

7pm - Share interesting news, databases, tools, project ideas. Find collaborators, if necessary.

8-10pm - Work time. Develop your ideas.

Things to bring

Laptop, pen and paper, or whatever tools you want to work with. Drinks & snacks to share!

What to do now

See what other people are interested in doing, and add any ideas you might have: https://hackpad.com/Hackney-Hack-Night-Carehack-JTuhbkHzoPK

We live in the era of transnational companies. If Panama Papers proved one thing - the world of business is complex, opaque and in critical need of transparency. Not just transparency but radical transparency, so we know who controls companies and how far their networks reach.

OpenCorporates has always been a community-led initiative, and we would not have reached 100 million companies in over 100 jurisdictions worldwide without our community. You have joined the battle by writing bots, finding datasets, talking about us at events and working with us to convince governments to open up their data.

Clearly, if we are to win the battle to make a closed world open, we can only do so together. These events are a great opportunity to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into the nitty gritty of opening up data!

Drop in with your laptop, charger and enthusiasm to join us for an evening of civic activism. We’re switching things up this time and will be running an API workshop as well as an investigation into a large multi-national corporation.

1800 - 1900 INTRODUCTION TO OPENCORPORATES & CURRENT PROJECTS

1900 - 2045 CORPORATE NETWORK & GROUPINGS: Arcadia Group & much more

2045 - 21:30 PUBLISH CORPORATE NETWORKS

Hope to see you all there.

p.s. if you’re not on Slack already, please do sign up as that will be our main port for communication and work: slack.opencorporates.com

Register

Newspeak House is a surveillance themed club that collects data on its members.

Let’s see if we can find out anything useful from the data.

Who should you connect with? What news story is most important to the community? Can we invent something to benefit decentralised communities everywhere?

Attendance is limited so please Register Now

Join us in this meeting where we discuss how businesses can work with the voluntary and community organisations in our local areas and what is the best way to do that.

How can large and small businesses work with community groups and voluntary organisations to bring about social change? Is that possible and how can it be done?

This is the topic of this meeting where we will look at

• the current state of business (big and small) and its relationships with local communities, charitable and other organisations and debate if language and practices of CSR is enough.

• the changing and evolving perspectives and practices of micro and SME business and what does this suggest in terms of strengthening social responsibility expressed through cultivating good will with VC organisations/social groups in civil society

• Explore ways of overcoming challenges, possibilities/prospects for future action.

This will be a collaborative meeting with presentations and workshop activity offering Event Space, Advisory input, making connections and contacts to bring to event and sourcing possible speakers.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Comics, the Internet and Freedom of Information

If FOI sounds like a bit of a dry subject, prepare to have your expectations challenged. We’ll be looking at the stories, scandals and changes FOI has kickstarted around the world, as well as some of the more edgy requests. When does an FOI request become something more?

We’ll also welcome Finnish artists Siiri Viljakka and Lauri Tuomi-Nikula, who’ll be explaining how comics might just be the best medium for educating a new generation of FOI users, and how the internet could be the saviour of FOI – a fundamental human right that celebrates its 250th anniversary this year.

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The launch of a month-long celebration of open source software. We’ll be kicking off at 18:30 with an introduction and a basic guide on GitHub, finding projects to support and submitting pull requests.

It’s simple! First sign up on the Hacktoberfest site. If you open up four pull requests between October 1 and October 31, you’ll win a free, limited edition Hacktoberfest T-shirt. (Pull requests do not have to be merged and accepted; as long as they’ve been opened between the very start of October 1 and the very end of October 31, they count towards a free T-shirt.)

No contribution is too small—bug fixes and documentation updates are valid ways of participating.

Connect with other Hacktoberfest participants (Hacktobefestants?) by using the hashtag, #Hacktoberfest, on your social media platform of choice.

Please read our Events Code of Conduct before attending as it will be enforced. You can find it here: http://hackcodeofconduct.org/hacktoberfestldn

A recent report by the Open Data Institute recommended that Parliament focus on its data rather than building new tools.

There is a community that already exists - you! - that is building tools to make the business of Parliament appeal to normal people.

Parliamentary Digital Service has started to build the next iteration of a data service for Parliament. How can we make it better?

  • What would you like us to do to so that you can appeal better to normal people?
  • What data do you want from Parliament so that you can serve the user needs that you know about? Or the user needs that Parliament can’t (or shouldn’t) serve?
  • How do you use data from Parliament at the moment (if at all)?
  • What formats do you want?
  • What data from other organisations would you like to link Parliament’s data with?
  • How should we communicate what we are doing?

People attending from Parliament:

Collaborate document here: https://etherpad.net/p/nwspkParliamentDataWorkshop

Register Now (for free!)

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

About Humanising Tech: Humanising Tech is a community of 700+ UK-based researchers, technologists, therapists and industries practitioners interested in the convergence of human cognition, social behaviour, data analysis, artificial intelligence and mental health. We believe in making better AI products by better understanding humans.

Spectacular advances have been made in computing recently, with topics like Deep Learning regularly grabbing the headlines. However we still have a lot to learn about the human psyche, starting with interpreting our own - sometimes elusive - emotive and cognitive processes, before such technologies can become truly integrated into human-computer interfaces and useful in our day-to-day lives. Humanising Tech regularly hosts multidisciplinary lectures and meetups. We promote research and collaborations. On the long term, we hope to facilitate the creation exponential technologies, experiments and experiences that improve human understanding and human well-being.

About this event: Although they have historically been regarded as diseases, neurological differences (including for example Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, etc.) are increasingly recognised and respected as any other kind of human variation. Neurodiversity activists reject the idea that Autism, amongst others, should be cured, advocating instead for celebrating autistic forms of self-expression.

At Humanising Tech, we are always looking for ways to transcend the limitations of our “normative” brains and stretch our imagination. We have therefore invited friends from Auticon, the UCL, Status Today and more to help us think of challenges and opportunities around Autism, and reflect on the idea of neurodiversity.

We will ask them what do we know about how autistic people’s brains are wired? How do autistic people experiences differ from other people? Can technology help reduce misunderstandings between autistic and non-autistic people? Will understanding autistic people’s brains help us design better AI products? And, generally speaking, what can people with “normative” brain learn from autistic people?

Speakers and panellists:

  • Ray Cole, CEO Auticon
  • Dr. Anna Remington, Assistant Professor @ UCL Centre for Autism and Education
  • Penelope Bellegarde, Data consultant and Analytics Lead
  • Ankur Modi, CEO Status Today

A discussion of the tools for Direct Digital Democracy, inspired by the accomplishments in Taiwan and Spain as well as tools that could help the grass-root movement Momentum UK.

Speakers

  • Colin Megillcolin-magil (CEO & co-founder Pol.is) – The only way is Taiwan – the winning powers of Pol.is
  • Dr Paolo Gerbaudo (Director Digital Culture Research Centre at Kings College London) author of “The Tweets & The Streets” –Podemos: 3 lessons from Spain
  • Alena Ivanova (Momentum Tower Hamlets) Organiser for the New Economy Network
  • Dr Richard Barbrook (Centre for Study of Democracy, Westminster University and Cybersalon.org) Author of “The Net Model of Media Freedom”

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Tom Steinberg (@steiny) has decided to start a book club/reading group for Newspeak House folk and their most thoughtful friends.

The club will meet once every 6 weeks, and will focus on books that relate to politics, activism, techno-social change, the news media, government innovation and failure.

The first book, selected by Tom, will be Bury the Chains by Adam Hochschild. Thereafter we can debate what books to choose in a more democratic fashion.

Drop tom an email to tom@tomsteinberg.co.uk so he knows you’re interested.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

To avoid over-crowding, entrance will be strictly limited to people who »»» sign up in advance «««

This event is the first of an envisioned series of joint meetups between GlobalNet21 and London Futurists.

What will the world look like in ten or twenty years time as the digital revolution explodes around us? And how might we best steer this revolution for positive social outcome?

The meeting will be chaired by Francis Sealey of GlobalNet21 who will explain the collaborative venture. David Wood, chair of London Futurists, will set the context by providing a critical evaluation of one of the most significant and controversial books of 2016: “Homo Deus - A brief history of tomorrow”, by historian Yuval Noah Harari.

Harari’s book is a good starting point for this discussion as it raises some significant questions about our digital futures:

“Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century – from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.”

And to quote from The Guardian,

“Just as the 19th century created the working class, the coming century will create the useless class. Billions of people are likely to have no military or economic function. Providing food and shelter should be possible but how to give meaning to their lives will be the huge political question.”

Among the destructive powers that Harari highlights is the accumulation of data by companies such as Google and Facebook, and our increasing reliance on data-crunching algorithms in more and more areas of life. At the same time, online networks, with all-seeing powers of information gathering, are replacing traditional institutions. It’s perhaps no surprise that voters around the world have sensed a disturbing “loss of control” - control now lies with algorithms, rather than with conscious human deliberation.

In his review of Homo Deus, David Wood will assess the strengths of Harari’s argument, and issue a call to steer the digital revolution for positive social outcome.

This review will be followed by a group discussion to identify a number of specific topics for priority attention in future joint meetups - topics that the audience assess to be inadequately understood or to lack meaningful action plans. Examples could be drawn from the thinking of Harari, other recent writers, and the collective insight of the members of GlobalNet21 and London Futurists.

About London Futurists:

From http://www.meetup.com/London-Futurists/

This group is for people who are interested in the future and maybe want to help shape it.

The acceleration of technology means that the near future may bring radical changes to all of us. Major developments in technologies like anti-aging, nanotech, genetics, computing, robotics, and geo-engineering are going to make the next few years very exciting - and possibly also very dangerous. We could gain god-like powers - but we might also lose sight of our humanity, and destroy everything that we used to hold dear.

What’s your view? Are things improving? Too slowly or too quickly? Are we are entering a new golden age? Or is the potential “Technological Singularity” something to fear? What does it mean to talk about “Human 2.0” and “Humanity+”? Or perhaps you view such talk as techno-hype? Maybe you just like the practical side of technology and want to find out more about possible paradigm shifts?

Anybody is welcome to this group - you don’t have to be a Techno Geek or work for some futuristic company to be in our group. The future applies to us all!

Come join in the debate - have your opinions voiced and maybe make some interesting new friends.

All we ask is that members treat each other with the respect they would want for themselves. Our group has members of many ages and backrounds. We have many different perspectives on what the future may bring and like to share different ideas with each other. We approach the future with a open mind and sense of humility. Our group mission is to introduce you to some of the ideas, advancements and people who are making our future happen today.

About GlobalNet21:

From http://www.meetup.com/GlobalNet21/:

“GlobalNet21 is the leading forum in the UK for discussing the major issues in the 21st Century. We share a common concern for the sustainability of both our planet and the people on it. With almost 20,000 network members in the UK and abroad, we are making the debate, and democracy, more accessible by enlarging the Public Square and using social networks.

“As well as a network of individuals we have also set up a collaborative network of organisations to exchange good practice and transfer knowledge so that we can learn from each other. This network is cross boundary and includes local authorities, housing associations, universities, community groups and social enterprises. Our aim is through dialogue to celebrate diversity and develop community self-resilience and sustainability at a time of unprecedented social and environmental change.”

To avoid over-crowding, entrance will be strictly limited to people who »»» sign up in advance «««

We live in the era of transnational companies. If Panama Papers proved one thing - the world of business is complex, opaque and in critical need of transparency. Not just transparency but radical transparency, so we know who controls companies and how far their networks reach.

OpenCorporates has always been a community-led initiative, and we would not have reached 100 million companies in over 100 jurisdictions worldwide without our community. You have joined the battle by writing bots, finding datasets, talking about us at events and working with us to convince governments to open up their data.

Clearly, if we are to win the battle to make a closed world open, we can only do so together. These events are a great opportunity to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into the nitty gritty of opening up data!

Drop in with your laptop, charger and enthusiasm to join us for an evening of civic activism. We’re switching things up this time and will be running an API workshop as well as an investigation into a large multi-national corporation.

1800 - 1900 INTRODUCTION TO OPENCORPORATES & CURRENT PROJECTS

1900 - 2045 CORPORATE NETWORK & GROUPINGS: Arcadia Group & much more

2045 - 21:30 PUBLISH CORPORATE NETWORKS

Hope to see you all there.

p.s. if you’re not on Slack already, please do sign up as that will be our main port for communication and work: slack.opencorporates.com

Register

A meetup for people working on civic technology, empowering citizens, and government transformation.

This month we’ll be talking about policies!

Covering how they’re written, who writes them, any innovation in the space and whether accountability exists after they’re put out in the world. Speakers include…

Policy Lab (@policylabuk) is bringing new policy tools, research and techniques to the UK Government. Really exciting, and much needed innovations.

The Institute for Government (@instituteforgov) is an independent charity working to increase government effectiveness. If they were on mastermind, policy making would be their expert topic.

GovTracker (@GovTrackerUK) was setup by four brilliant 17 year-olds and aims to track whether the UK government has broken or fulfilled its promises.

»» Register Now (For Free) ««

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

SimplePolitics.co.uk

We’re here to help you into the world of politics. If you want background info on how it works, simple explanation of recent laws, or info on what is going on right now – this is your site.

A get together to meet and say thank you to those who have helped, will help or are interested in Simple Politics.

There’ll be free drinks, stand up comedy and live Who’s Who (a fun identity guessing game that has absolutely nothing to do with the world famous Hasbro ‘Guess Who’).

»» Register Now (For Free) ««

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Drones & Open: September Meet Up

Drones are increasingly being used in areas such as medicine to save lives, in conservation, to take spectacular aerial images and more controversially in defence and surveillance. With plans to expand their use even further into our everyday lives to deliver goods and services, how can open data make a difference in their development and use?

Short talks from:

Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge International – Welcome and introductions

Ben Huss-Smickler, SOHUS - Capturing data with drones

Alexander Burwitz, Nitrofirex - Aerial fire fighting

Ed Leon Klinger and Antton Peña, Flock - Data driven risk analysis for drones

We welcome talks and discussion across the full spectrum of open knowledge including open data, open hardware, open education, open science, open geodata, open infrastructure and open government.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

The Fourth Group are a new group working together to create a new politics in the context of the fourth industrial revolution:

“The fourth industrial revolution is fundamentally reshaping the global economy and societies, and we are shifting the way we live, work, and play. How can we use the technological advancements of this age to create a new politics?

Building upon the momentum from the ideas in our Facebook group and first meetup, we are hosting our first Politech Hackathon to bring some of the buzzing ideas being discussed to life. We want to bring together people from the political and technology sectors to create a new politics in the context of the fourth industrial revolution. These two communities will be leading the forefront in shaping the future and it only makes sense to be collaborating now.

Over the course of a weekend, participants will ideate and prototype products, services, or platforms around the themes of efficiency, accountability, and political organisation. Want to help change the future of politics? Come and join us to imagine the new technologies to do this.”

Registration (£5.50) is required: https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/politech-hackathon

A party to welcome our newest fellow Shad Mughal.

Shad is a hacker and designer that has been organising and participating in civic hacks for years. He attended ParliHack from its second year. On top of this he worked as part of a team at the Refugees United hackathon in 2013 to help implement an SMS verification system for lost refugees looking to reconnect with their families securely.

Follow him on Twitter @_sh4d

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

A meetup for people working on civic technology, empowering citizens, and government transformation.

This month we’ll be talking about the future of the media. Talks:

“Proposals for regulation, reform, and accountability” - Josef Davies-Coates, @jdaviescoates, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and Media Democracy Meetup

“How the hell has traditional media survived this long?” - Kirsty Styles, @kirstystyles1, Editor at New Statesman Tech

“Being an upstart indie content creator” - Christian Payne, @documentally, documentalist, technologist, activist.

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

We live in the era of transnational companies. If Panama Papers proved one thing - the world of business is complex, opaque and in critical need of transparency. Not just transparency but radical transparency, so we know who controls companies and how far their networks reach. OpenCorporates has always been a community-led initiative, and we would not have reached 100 million companies in over 100 jurisdictions worldwide without our community. You have joined the battle by writing bots, finding datasets, talking about us at events and working with us to convince governments to open up their data.

Clearly, if we are to win the battle to make a closed world open, we can only do so together. These events are a great opportunity to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into the nitty gritty of opening up data!

Drop in with your laptop, charger and enthusiasm to join us for an evening of civic activism. For this event, we’re looking at AVIVA, G4S and Sodexo. If you CAN code and have never written a bot - this is an excellent opportunity to learn! If you can’t code but would still like to participate - there is plenty to do. We’ve got a brand new CORPORATE GROUPINGS feature which makes it really easy to create large corporate networks.

Hope to see you all there.

p.s. if you’re not on Slack already, please do sign up: slack.opencorporates.com

This week hundreds of Deliveroo couriers won a 6 day wildcat strike against Deliveroo’s new zero-hours pay scheme and courier victimisation.

This meeting is for those drivers and cycle couriers to meet and discuss our next steps.

** This is no longer going ahead today - may be rescheduled in future **

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

As the aftermath of the Brexit vote begins to unfold and nationalism continues to be on the rise all across Europe, it is more important than ever to animate our hopes in the possibility of transnational democracy. At this timely moment, European Alternatives invites you to a free screening and discussion of David Bernet’s fascinating film ‘Democracy’.

A David and Goliath story, ‘Democracy’ offers a captivating insight into the fight between citizen rights and big business, which meet on the EU’s legislative battleground over the making of the biggest data protection law in history. Following Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht and EU commissioner Viviane Reding for 30 months in their negotiations with activists, lobbyists and EU institutions, the documentary gives a first ever insight in European democracy in the making on this scale. It is a film about hope, persistence and power that provides both, an aesthetic and educational insight into topical debates around data protection and transnational politics alike.

‘Democracy’ raises a number of topical questions including “How does big data and surveillance influence our society?”, “What role can transnational alliances play in protecting citizen right?” and “How can democracy work across Europe?”, which we want to informally discuss after the screening.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Register now for free

WATCH Trailer

“A wholly original film” (The Guardian)

“An utterly compelling, heroic, humorous, suspenseful and ultimately satisfying 100 minutes” (OpenDemocracy)

Momentum, the movement that supports Jeremy Corbyn, has teamed up with Outlandish, a tech co-op from North London, to put on a hackathon to produce tech projects for social change.

The aim of the hack day is to bring together techies, Momentum members, and techie Momentum members and other experienced campaigners to build grassroots campaigning tools. We have some gaps we know about and ideas for things we’d like to create - and we’re really open to all your ideas that we might never even have thought of.

We’ll discuss the different ideas, and create teams to do a little bit of initial work on them. There are two £1,000 prizes for the most feasible and useful projects to help with delivery so that the tools are used to make a difference for the upcoming Labour leadership vote. Any other projects delivered from this session will be gratefully received and used to make a difference.

Draft agenda:

10.45am: Registration and introductions

11.15am: Welcome from Momentum and Outlandish. What kind of tools are we looking for? Who will use them and for what?

11.30am: Planning and brainstorm

1pm: Lunch

2pm: Build - quick mini-projects and proofs-of-concept

4pm: Presentations

5pm: Go home/to the pub/to the park

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

A meetup for people working on civic technology, empowering citizens, and government transformation.

Time to just hang out and enjoy an evening with nothing to do but get to know each other and chat about the topics of the day.. so erm, something about civic tech, democra-tech(?), future cities, campaign tech, govtech, impact, tech-for-good… what did we miss?

No speakers or presentations, just you, and a cool drink :)

See you all there,

Mevan & Josh

(talks return for CB14 on August 31st!)

Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

It’s the second Hackney Hack Night!

We’ll get an update on projects from the first time around and start brainstorming on a new round of projects.

Here’s roughly what we will do:

7pm - Show & Tell. Share interesting news, databases, tools (including projects from last month’s meeting with theme: housing)

7:45pm - Pitches. Share your project ideas and find team members.

8-10pm - Work time. Develop your ideas.

Things to bring

Laptop, pen and paper, or whatever tools you want to work with. You can also BYOB, but we will provide some drinks and stationery.

What to do now

See what other people are interested in doing, and add any ideas you might have: Hackpad

Many of us are feeling confused and worried about Brexit. But we must also recognise that now is a time of immense opportunity. People are listening; people are asking questions; people are talking. Now is the time to put ourselves out there, to engage in conversation, and to start to provide answers to those questions.

In the run up to the referendum, you may have seen claims by the “Leave” campaign that exiting the EU would mean that we would no longer have to worry about the threats posed by TTIP and CETA. Actually, it is more important now than ever to continue raising our voices for trade justice.

With the reality of Brexit looming, it is unlikely that our MEPs will get a say on what happens with TTIP or CETA. But these deals are part of a much bigger framework seeking to rewrite the rules of the global economy. No country will be immune. And as our government sets out to renegotiate our position in the post-Brexit world, they will certainly be looking to negotiate our own trade deals that will be the same or worse than TTIP and CETA. Whether the threats to our democracy, public services, human rights, environment and capacity for creative and free expression come under the transitory heading of ‘TTIP’, ‘CETA’, or a brand new deal negotiated by the Tories, the threats remain the same.

There is a pressing need now: to come together, to support each other, to answer each other’s questions, and to strategise about what Brexit means for the campaign for trade justice. So we are rescheduling this party, and instead we will be meeting on Thursday, 28th July from 18:30 - 23:00 at Newspeak House (133 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG). Join us for an evening of open discussion with wine, music, answers and action planning - discussion from 19:00 - 21:00, but all are welcome to come before and stay after to socialise.

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Communal meals at Newspeak House, open to members and non-members alike.

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Communal meals at Newspeak House!

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

We live in the era of transnational companies. If Panama Papers proved one thing - the world of business is complex, opaque and in critical need of transparency. Not just transparency but radical transparency, so we know who controls companies and how far their networks reach. OpenCorporates has always been a community-led initiative, and we would not have reached 100 million companies in over 100 jurisdictions worldwide without our community. You have joined the battle by writing bots, finding datasets, talking about us at events and working with us to convince governments to open up their data.

Clearly, if we are to win the battle to make a closed world open, we can only do so together. These events are a great opportunity to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into the nitty gritty of opening up data!

Drop in with your laptop, charger and enthusiasm to join us for an evening of civic activism. For this event, we’re looking at AVIVA, G4S and Sodexo. If you CAN code and have never written a bot - this is an excellent opportunity to learn! If you can’t code but would still like to participate - there is plenty to do. We’ve got a brand new CORPORATE GROUPINGS feature which makes it really easy to create large corporate networks.

Hope to see you all there.

p.s. if you’re not on Slack already, please do sign up: slack.opencorporates.com

Communal meals at Newspeak House!

This week, crepes! BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

Using some of the videos from the Whistle Blowers Interview Archive, we’ll take a hands on approach to explore key concepts, ideas and techniques to identify narrative points, test out story ideas, and craft a compelling story.

This workshop focuses on the underlying evergreen storytelling principles that transcend the medium, so no knowledge of video editing required, just curiosity towards story telling principles and techniques. Participants will be divided into groups of 3 to 4 people. The aim for each group is to produce a 3 to 5 minute video, given 3 short video interviews (roughly 15 min each) accompanied by their corresponding time-coded transcriptions.

Key story telling principles and techniques will be introduced to facilitate the process.

The aim of the workshop is for the participants to gain a hands on insight into the process of interviewed based documentary story crafting rather then producing a polished final product.

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In 2013, the Government Digital Service introduced the Technology Code of Practice: a document giving guidance for government departments on how to design, buy and build technology and digital services.

Government technology has changed a lot since then, and GDS is planning an updated version. In advance of that, they are publishing a draft version to give the public the opportunity to comment. Come to a workshop at Newspeak House to discuss and give feedback.

Bring a laptop, if you can.

Register (for free)

Communal meals at Newspeak House!

This week, crepes! BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Ration Club is run by volunteers from the community. If you’d be interested in cooking, contact ed@nwspk.com

A rolling hackathon for journalists, technologists, urbanists and citizens interested in Hackney issues. The idea is to create a space for people to pitch, create, and develop projects together. We do a new theme each month. Our theme this month is Housing.

Schedule

7pm - Show & Tell. Share interesting news, databases, tools. 7:45pm - Pitches. Share your project ideas and find team members. 8-10pm - Work time. Develop your ideas.

If you already have pitch ideas, add them on this Hackpad. It also contains a more detailed schedule.

Things to bring

Laptop, pen and paper, or whatever tools you want to work with. You can also BYOB, but we will provide some drinks and stationery. There are off-licences and supermarkets within a five-minute walk.

We live in the era of transnational companies. If Panama Papers proved one thing - the world of business is complex, opaque and in critical need of transparency. Not just transparency but radical transparency, so we know who controls companies and how far their networks reach.

OpenCorporates has always been a community-led initiative, and we would not have reached 100 million companies in over 100 jurisdictions worldwide without our community. You have joined the battle by writing bots, finding datasets, talking about us at events and working with us to convince governments to open up their data.

Clearly, if we are to win the battle to make a closed world open, we can only do so together. These events are a great opportunity to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into the nitty gritty of opening up data! Drop in with your laptop, charger and enthusiasm to join us for an evening of civic activism. If you CAN code and have never written a bot - this is an excellent opportunity to learn! This is not a good place to learn HOW TO CODE though.

If you can’t code but would still like to participate - there is plenty to do. We’ve got a brand new CORPORATE GROUPINGS feature which makes it really easy to create large corporate networks. We’re looking at AVIVA, G4S and Sodexo at the moment.

Register now (for free)

Communal meals at Newspeak House!

BYOB, suggested donation £5.

A meetup for people working on civic technology, empowering citizens, and government transformation.

Calling angry technologists. We think we know something other people don’t. Let’s do a bit of a post-mortem of the referendum, and talk about how we might be able to apply our skills to make politics better so we can start feeling proud of our country again. Even those of you who wanted brexit can’t be happy with what happened in the campaigns.

Required reading: So You Want To Reform Democracy

To help us keep track of numbers, please register on facebook

Communal meals at Newspeak House! BYOB, suggested donation £5.

Mor Rubenstein will be making Shakshuka, Israeli salad and Pitas (all veggie friendly).

An event to bring together people who work in the privacy space from different perspectives - policy people, techies, activists, and academics at big companies, startups, universities, libraries, NGO’s, foundations, civil society and more.

Speakers will include:

Simon Bowers from The Guardian who worked on the Panama Papers

Lovisa Moller a researcher from Action Aid on Tax Justice talking about the network of binding treaties that the UK has with developing countries.

David Mihalyi - Economic Analyst at the Natural Resource Governance Institute will highlight the work they have done around monitoring the extractive sector with open data

Whilst this event has a specific focus, as always, the meet ups are for anyone interested in openness in any form - from genes to geodata, sonnets to statistics and we cover the full spectrum including open data, open hardware, open education, open science, open geodata, open infrastructure and open government.

ORG London will be showing the Scenes of Reason documentary ‘The Haystack,’ a film which examines surveillance in Britain today, particularly in light of the debates in Parliament surrounding the Investigatory Powers Bill.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Olivia Cappuccini, founder of Scenes of Reason, which describes itself as an ‘independent media organisation that decodes news in an accessible, impartial and engaging format.’

Olivia will be joined by Ed Johnson Williams, campaigner at Open Rights Group.

Please join us for what should be a fascinating exploration of a controversial and hotly-debated subject.

Drinks and refreshments to be provided. Please do spread the word and feel free to bring guests.

Drop in with your laptop, charger and enthusiasm to join us for a day of liberating datasets from the clutches of closed data. If you can code and have never written a bot - this is an excellent opportunity to learn! This is not a good place to learn HOW TO CODE though.

If you can’t code but would still like to participate - there is plenty to do. We’ve got a brand new CORPORATE GROUPINGS feature which makes it really easy to create large corporate networks.

Everything we do begins with a thought. When you want to make a change in the world you find like-thinking people, but how do we move people from enthusaism to action?

In today’s highly volatile political and economic environment, better understanding and engaging people at the grass roots level, be they political communities or markets, has become essential.

Join us for a rare glimpse into one of the most powerful methodologies for understanding human perception, motivation, and behaviors—collectively known as thinking.

In this talk John Furey, Founder of MindTime, will share a simple, actionable model that you can immediately use in your own efforts to engage and motivate people. He will also speak about creating collaboration in political action groups or any group who wants to align, and deliver, with a common purpose.

By attending this event you will also undertand your own thinking better. Start by taking the MindTime profile at https://www.mindtimemaps.com/start/newspeakhousetalk/ and see your own thinking profile, then join in the discussion on the night.

As anyone who has tried to get a group of people to work together will understand, creating forward movement towards change is one of the hardest things to achieve. John Furey’s insights and knowledge have been instrumental in the success of hundreds of people based initiatives over the past 20 years.

Come and judge for yourself if what other’s have said is true… “lightbulbs were popping across a room of 120 agency decision-makers.” “It had everyone talking in the halls.” “This is magic…it gives you a better understanding of people as a whole.” “I tend to be a skeptic. But this got my attention like none other. It nails people’s work styles and the group dynamics.”

A meetup for people working on civic technology, empowering citizens, and government transformation. Speakers:

• Paul Hilder on the newly formed CrowdPac (UK) which lets you fund the political change you want to see, be it campaigns or candidates.

• Joe Reddington on AzuleJoe a free tool that helps give a voice to people with communication difficulties.

• Tim Morley on PledgeBank.com, possibly the granddaddy of conditional commitment websites. What it did, and what we learned from it.

Following the Launch of Digital Bill of Rights campaign in the House of Commons on 12th May 2016, join us for the post-launch debrief and creation of the roadmap to getting the Bill to the House of Commons.

• How you can all pitch in to write a Bill of Digital Rights – Lucy Willis, author of upcoming “Collaborative Futures”

• Raising Money for Fun and Laws “10 things they don’t teach you at Oxford PPP” – Jon Bains

• Debrief from House of Commons launch – Jon Bains

There has never been a better time to develop ideas for using technology to solve some of the toughest challenges we face in the world today. So how do you get a ‘tech for good’ idea off the ground? Bethnal Green Ventures (BGV) is an early stage investor and support programme for tech for good founders. We provide investment, support and intensive mentoring to great teams with ideas for using technology to tackle big social and environmental problems.

This event will give you a full understanding of the BGV accelerator programme. You’ll get the chance to meet some of the startups we’ve supported and learn what it’s like to be part of the growing BGV community. You’ll also get a 20 minute 1:1 session with a BGV team member or mentor to chat through your idea and cover off any unanswered questions you might have.

6.00pm Welcome and registration

6.15pm What happens at BGV

Who do we support? What does the 12 week programme entail? How much do we invest? Who are our mentors? What other support do we offer? What does it mean to be part of the BGV community?

6.30pm Stories from our startups

Meet other tech for good founders who have been through the BGV programme. Learn from their experiences first hand and hear their tips for getting the most out of BGV.

6.45pm Q&A panel with founders and mentors

7.00pm Networking and 20 minute 1:1 sessions

Meet with fellow founders and chat with some of the BGV startups. During this time you’ll also be allocated a 20 minute slot to meet 1:1 with BGV team members and mentors.

9.00pm Event close

Rewiring the Sharing Economy

High-tech tools of exploitation are being repurposed to build a fairer economy.

The digital platforms that have become the connective tissue of our lives - the likes of Airbnb and Google - have proven to tend towards monopolies, monetisation of surveillance and disregard for labour standards.

But what stops us from using the Internet’s power for collective action to usurp them with alternatives?

What if taxi drivers were to seize control of their own platform and run it democratically? And what would an Amazon look like, were it not only to push wares, but to distribute power and accountability?

Outlandish invites you to an evening of discussions on the opportunities and challenges of making the vision of Platform Co-operativism a reality in the UK and abroad.

Are you part of one yourself? Do you know of any interesting examples from the UK? Get in touch!

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