Citizen Beta #21: A Short Long History of Civic Tech

location Newspeak House | 7 PM-11 PM Tuesday 29 May 2018 (GMT)

A Short Long History of Civic Tech

When you hear words like civic tech and open data, we tend to think about shiny websites and csv downloads. But there is nothing necessarily modern or digital about civic tech.

Citizen Beta, History & Policy and mySociety have worked together to bring you historians with perspectives from different points over the last few millenia where technology has changed the relationship between the citizen and the state.

Talks and Speakers

Short introduction on forgotten histories of civic tech – Alex Parsons (mySociety) & Alix Mortimer (History & Policy)

Pebbles, potsherds and the polis: legal and political decision-making ‘technology’ in classical Athens’ – Dr Christine Plastow (OU)

Power to the People? How printing changed politics in early modern Europe. – Dr Sara Barker (University of Leeds)

The 264-year plan to improve a nation, in every way imaginable: lessons from the history of the Royal Society of Arts. – Dr Anton Howes (King’s College London)


7.00pm – Drinks
7.30pm – Welcome and intro
7.40pm – Talks
9.00pm – More drinks and chat

See you there!



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