TICTeC Seminar - Digitising parliaments: it took a pandemic

We're not ones to say 'told you so', but…

If more digitalisation, transparency and accountability mechanisms had been adopted before the coronavirus pandemic hit, it's clear that many outcomes would have been different today.

Civic tech, digital democracy and open government organisations have been championing these reforms and mechanisms for decades, with the pandemic serving as a tragic example of why they're essential and not just ‘nice to have’.

This seminar is the first in a series of online discussions as part of mySociety's Impacts of Civic Technology (TICTeC) events programme, to reflect on the impacts of the above, and why digital transparency and accountability are more relevant than ever going forward.

Digitising parliaments: it took a pandemic Things that once were deemed by governments as impossible or not important enough - like remote voting - have become a reality in parliaments across the world since the emergence of COVID-19.

This session will get to the crux of why it’s taken a global pandemic to get more parliaments to digitise, and how new measures should be harnessed so future opportunities are not missed.

Panellists: Avinash Bikha, Project Officer - Centre for Innovation in Parliament, Inter-Parliamentary Union Julia Keutgen, Senior Transparency Advisor, Westminster Foundation for Democracy Lord Purvis of Tweed, Member of the International Relations and Defence Committee, House of Lords

Moderator: Dr. Rebecca Rumbul, Head of Research, mySociety There will be ample opportunity for attendees to ask questions during the discussion, and engage in the conversation via chat and interactive polls. The discussion will be followed by an optional speed networking session between 16:00 and 16:15 GMT+1. Attendees who stay will be split into small groups so they can introduce themselves and their work; discuss their thoughts on the session topic; and get to know some new people.

Joining instructions (we'll be using Zoom) will be sent with your confirmation email once you register. Please direct any questions about this event to Gemma Moulder at gemma@mysociety.org.

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The seminar will be recorded.

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