20 years powering democracy

The story so far

In 2003, a small group of people who believed that digital tools could make government and democracy better came together, and mySociety was founded.

In the intervening time, we’ve launched many open, digital services to help power democracy, in the UK and around the world. Our early years were a time of creativity, fostering many ideas and websites, connections and community. Over time, we doubled down on the areas where we could have most impact.

We’ve helped millions of citizens send messages to their representatives, ask authorities for information, check their MP’s activity in Parliament and report issues in their own neighbourhoods.

Some of our early contributors went on to be instrumental within the Government Digital Service, and our review of parliament’s digital outputs led to the Parliamentary Digital Service — taking mySociety’s design ideas to the very heart of government.

We’ve underpinned our decisions with research, and built up a global community of civic tech practitioners so that we can all benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience.

And we continue to innovate. Two decades since we first came into being, our work is still needed — so in 2023, we’re planning for the next 20 years.

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Democracy 2043

mySociety began when a handful of people started thinking seriously about how digital tools could address the democratic problems of that time.

During our anniversary year, we’ll be examining ways in which we can extend our work to better address the democratic problems of today, and to be more adaptable to the problems (and opportunities) of tomorrow.

Working with partners and our users, we’re going to explore the role that we can play in supporting democratic institutions and our fellow citizens in creating a richer and more responsive political system.

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Celebrating, and looking forwards

We’ll be marking the impact we’ve had as an organisation since 2003, and the people who have helped us along the way. But our work is not done, and this is no time to rest on our laurels.

All through this year we’ll also be asking others, working across all sectors of society: what could a better democracy look like?

Their insights will help inform our direction. We’ll use them to shape the calls for change that we cannot tackle alone — watch this space.

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