From 24-26 April, Phandeeyar attended TICTeC 2017 in Florence, Italy.
Organised by MySociety, TICTeC brings together leading experts in the field of Civic Tech to discuss and share learnings on the impact that civic technology and digital democracy are having on citizens, decision makers and governments around the world.
This year’s conference was packed with interesting sessions, including an intervention from Audrey Tang – Taiwan’s minister for Digital, presentations from Google and Facebook on their US election work, a panel discussion on the role of Civic Tech in the ‘fake news’ era and numerous presentations of research conducted around existing Civic Tech products (see here for agenda and notes).
In addition to providing our team with a fantastic opportunity to learn from the latest research in the field of Civic Tech, the conference provided us with an opportunity to connect with the groups behind some really exciting open source projects and technologies as well as others working in this field in Asia, including Open Data Lab Jakarta, from Indonesia and g0v from Taiwan.
On 27 April, our Social Impact Senior Manager also attended a fringe event organised by Making All Voices Count which focused on unpacking how Civic Tech contributes to making change happen.