Brighton here we come

BrightonNext up on our tour of the UK is the brilliant Brighton.

So, if you fancy getting together to talk about open government, digital democracy and innovative open data projects, then you should come along to our meet-up on 3rd December.

This month’s speakers are:-

Jason Kitcat: Jason is Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council and a Green city councillor.

Jason is a prominent digital rights campaigner, particularly with regards to electronic voting and counting. In 2007 Jason completed a part-time contract as e-voting co-ordinator at the Open Rights Group (a group he helped to found), where he continues to contribute in a voluntary capacity on their Advisory Council.

Jason will join us at this meet-up to talk about open government in the Brighton context; where has being open changed things, and how much further can and should councils go?

Find out more about Jason on his website.

Eric Drass aka Shardcore: Eric  is an artist and curator who makes work in a range of media, from painting, to digital installation, to generative experiments which live on the internet.

Eric uses data and algorithms as artistic materials just as much as paint and canvas.

Eric will talk about his artwork using datasets such as The Tate’s CC dataset and David Cameron’s deleted speeches, and the role of the artist in the world of Big Data.

Read more about Eric on his website.

Our very own Dave Whiteland: Dave  joined mySociety as a developer, and is now also part of the international team, travelling widely to meet organisations and help them set up websites using our code.

His recent travels have seen him help to set up versions of FixMyStreet in Uruguay and the Philippines; working on FOI projects in Liberia and South Africa; and being involved in the formation of the Poplus initiative in Chile, amongst many other projects.

Dave will speak about some of mySociety’s latest international projects and future plans.

These meet-ups are open to anyone to come along, so we hope you can make it.

When: Wednesday 3rd December, 6pm – 9pm
Where: The Cellar Room at The Caxton Arms, 36 North Gardens, Brighton, BN1 3LB
How: Add your name to the Lanyrd page:, so we know you’re coming.
Who: Anyone who fancies it.

NB: Watch our Twitter stream on @mySociety to check for last minute advice if we have moved venues for unforseen reasons.

Photo: Bev Goodwin (CC)