Organisation: mySociety

Indigo has just awarded grant of £9,400.18 to Hutspace, a Ghanaian web development company, who, in collaboration with mySociety are creating a parliamentary monitoring site for Ghana. The site, Odekro, went live this weekend and we thought it best to let Emmanuel Okyere who has been leading the project to tell you what the project […]

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There is often a lot of debate about how effectively Trusts like Indigo spend their money and it is something all our staff and trustees spend a great deal of time thinking about! Questions concerning how we measure success are very complicated and difficult. One area of our work that can produce a whole plethora of […]

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Open Legislative Data in Paris: A Conference of the Third Kind with Hacktivists and Academics is perhaps not the most grippingly named conference I’ve ever attended. It’s living proof, however, that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (or a conference by its name). Over the course of two days, representatives of parliamentary monitoring […]

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In a series of previous posts, I examined the kinds of things we look for when making funding decisions. This post takes a fleeting look at a few additional things we like to see in potential grantees, although these are by no means set in stone. In short, we have a bit of a soft […]

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Our friends over at mySociety – the brains behind some of Britain’s best known transparency and democracy websites, like TheyWorkForYou, WriteToThem and the excellent FixMyTransport – seem to have been incredibly busy recently, so here’s a quick update on their latest developments: They’ve just hosted AlaveteliCon, a conference dedicated to users of Alaveteli, a piece […]

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At Indigo we recognise that we often don’t have all the answers, but that many of you will be able to solve at least part of the puzzle. If you’ve ever used Wikipedia or read Facebook in a language other than English, then you’re already acquainted with the concept of crowdsourcing (multiple people contributing separately […]

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Access Info Europe and mySociety, the organisation behind some of the UK’s best known transparency and accountability sites, have launched a new website that allows members of the public to quickly and easily submit freedom of information requests to the European Union. AsktheEU allows users to submit requests, which are then forwarded on to the relevant […]

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A challenge faced by many organisations is how to scale up successful interventions, programmes and projects so that other groups or individuals around the world can replicate them. UK-based mySociety, which develops websites which enable greater transparency and openness, believes it may have found one solution and we are delighted to announce that, having supported […]

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As part of their admirable commitment to transparency, mySociety recently commissioned independent reports into two of their websites, TheyWorkForYou.com and WriteToThem.com. Through usage statistics and other data, the reports offer an honest and impartial appraisal of the websites’ reach and efficacy. Overall, these sites are achieving their stated aims. WriteToThem, for example, receives 40-50,000 unique […]

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