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  • 3A

    by Naomi Mc, Gavin Starks and johnlsheridan

    Who Works Where Doing What? Capturing and publishing government organogram data

    John Sheridan

    The process and tools used for capturing and publishing data and diagrams of the organisational structure of government and salary details of senior officials.

    Climate, Change?

    Gavin Starks

    To follow

    Amnesty International digital activism in the global South: challenges and opportunities

    Naomi McAuliffe

    At 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Saturday 21st May

    In Main Room, University of London Union

    Coverage audio clip

  • 6A

    by Police State UK, Judgmental, Helen Lambert, WDMMG and Denny

    what does the government spend money on?

    Lisa Evans

    It's an innocent enough question: What does the government spend money on? Now, I'm not an accountant and I'm not a statistician and personally I don't have a political axe to grind, I just want some answers to this question that make sense. This attitude gives me a lot of freedom: I don't have to get bogged down in any system of understanding spending unless it really helps. But this attitude also gives me a lot of opportunity, because I'm effectively feeling my way around this unfamiliar financial and political world, pushing for information that may or may not be useful in the end, asking questions that must seem really stupid to experts. But what does the Government spend money on?

    Police State UK: open source citizen journalism

    Helen Lambert & Denny de la Haye

    Police State UK is a news and opinion website covering UK civil liberties (politics, policing, and the sometimes worrying relationship between them). The website runs on an open source content management system called YAWNS, written in Perl and running on Linux and Apache. We have an open content policy, encouraging readers to contribute articles. Although most of the content is written by us, we have had some excellent contributions from others - including articles from serving politicians and practising lawyers. We also run a successful Twitter account - probably more successful than the website itself in fact, with over 5,000 followers and counting. Recent events have seen us publishing a lot of articles on the right to protest, but we've also covered subjects such as ID cards, DNA retention, RIPA, CCTV and more - our areas of interest are broad, and we're particularly interested in how many of these issues seem to come back to similar attitudes on the part of the state. We report what's happening in Parliament, on the streets, and in posh Westminster policy seminars (we're still not sure how we got on that invite list).

    The Law


    "Ignorance of the law is no excuse". Yet, despite advances in opening up statute law, case law - which interprets frequently vague legislation and sets binding precedents - remains strangely limited in its availability. This project works to make case law genuinely accessible and usable. It also creates a platform for investigating case law as data: what can we uncover about the quality of legislation, or the likelihood of judicial error? In this way we hope to shine a light into some of the dark and dusty corners of the British justice system.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday 21st May

    In Main Room, University of London Union

  • 6C - Knowledge Hub, QR Codes, Innovation

    by Terence Eden

    The LocalGovernment Knowledge Hub

    Stephen Dale

    to follow

    QR Codes - easy access to data

    Terence Eden

    QR codes offer a free and easy way for you to offer direct people direct access to your data. Find out how & why to use them in campaigns, piublicity, official communications, fundraising, and more. Will also include "subversive" uses of the the technology.

    Teaching old dogs new tricks: innovating in a tech-scared world

    Ann Griffiths and Matthew Booth

    We?d like to show people how the public sector is turning to technology to help it solve some of the big problems it faces, and how it's beginning to see the opportunities technology provides to do things better. Our presentation would explore: The public sector attitude to technology, and how that's changing; how it currently uses technology and where innovation is happening around efficiency, empowerment, and service delivery; where there are opportunities that haven't been taken up yet, and opportunities to do things bigger and better, e.g. around "collaborative consumption"; What the challenges and blockers are to further development and positive change (such as the skills and capacity, and issues around data security), where the public sector needs help to progress, how technology experts and other sectors can play a part, and how that benefits us all. This wouldn't be the kind of dry government-speak people might be used to hearing.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday 21st May

    In Seminar Room, University of London Union