Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to Open Tech UK. I was surprised they even let me in the door, these things are usually password protected…
Once I got over the initial shyness, I managed to talk to plenty of people who really care about getting people involved. They included:
- the Open Rights Group — these guys are big on responding to consultations that involve every aspect of our internet life. You can help them out with their responses. They also gave me a malteser.
- Tom Watson MP, previously Minister for Digital Engagement before his resignation from the cabinet. He ran away clutching a handful of Simply Understand leaflets.
- The guys at MySociety (especially Matthew Somerville). All their websites are amazing, like FixMyStreet and TheyWorkForYou.
And I got to be overexcitable in the general direction of Ben Goldacre and Heather Brooke (MP expenses whistle-blower extraordinaire) about Simply Understand. They didn’t run away *too* fast, but I wouldn’t blame them if they had!
Oh, and I nearly forgot that I heard some very exciting hints about a BBC literacy project. Should be great when it’s done!
There will be a new vote next week, so look out for it. In the meantime, if you have anything you’d like me to translate into plain, jargon-free English, let me know with a comment, join the new Simply Understand facebook group, message me on Twitter or email. Pick one!