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.