Democracy, Transparency, Community

and a Happy New Year from mySociety


Clearer votes on TheyWorkForYou

We've been working on how we display divisions on TheyWorkForYou: now it's much easier to see how MPs, MSPs and Lords have voted.

Parliamentary votes are not always the easiest thing to follow, but of course they're often of great importance. We wanted to make it easier to check, at a glance, not just how your own representative voted, but also the overall party breakdown for each vote. So here's what we've done.

Events and news

TICTeC — call for papers ends soon

If you're hoping to present at TICTeC, our conference on the impacts of Civic Technology in Paris this March, make sure your submission is in soon.

The call for papers ends on 11 January. Go on — we'd love to hear your ideas.

Don't miss our annual report

We love writing it — and gratifyingly, it seems you love reading it, too!

To see everything we did last year, accompanied by plenty of photos and bits of mySociety trivia, pop over to our Annual Report for 2018.


Easier FixMyStreet log-ins

We're always striving to make our sites easier to use. FixMyStreet is the latest to benefit from some design love: you might have noticed that it's now simpler to log in.

Data maps from FixMyStreet

Which areas of the country make the most FixMyStreet reports, and is there any correlation with the affluence or poverty of those regions? That's one area of research that can be explored with the site's open data: read more and enjoy some very pretty maps in this post.

Reporting by numbers

Seen a broken streetlight or bollard in Buckinghamshire? Make a note of the ID number if you can — here's why.

Democratic Commons

Still boundary hunting

Georgie explains why we're still on the hunt for electoral boundaries for every country in the world — and gives some dos and don'ts for effective boundary hunting. Read her post here.

Better political data for all

Emily brings everyone up to speed on how our work with EveryPolitician and Wikidata is progressing.

And finally...

Emily Shaw worked with mySociety's Research department to produce this paper on how Civic Tech is filling gaps in US local government — now available on JeDEM, the online journal of eDemocracy and Open Government.

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