National Hack The Government Day

This is possibly not exactly what you’re thinking. This is ‘hack’ to improve, not destroy. Why haven’t we done this before?

Government isn’t very good at computers. They spend millions to produce mediocre websites, hide away really useful public information and generally get it wrong. Which is a shame.

Calling all people who make things. We’re going to show them how it’s done.

They’re completely right of course. Government currently are a bit of a joke on the web. Especially local Government. Just look my own councils awful awful website. Call that navigation? “Widescreen”? wtf? I’m not sure about this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if rewiredstate.com was the gang at TheyWorkForYou, simply because I know they are very much on the ball when it comes to the web and politics in Britain. The web is a great way to share information that should be available to the public. Doing that only strengthens democracy and increases citizen interac…. oh why the hell am I saying this? They know that. We know that. Lets hope someone does something about it.

I personally feel that when large companies get involved with the Government and computers then it almost always ends in unmitigated disaster (see; NHS). Maybe if APIs are created, access is encouraged (or even allowed), OpenSource is utilised and work is done by designers and developers on a volunteer/small agency basis, then we’d see a lot more useful stuff. Well, a lot more usable stuff anyway and certainly a lot less waste. I’ve signed up. Lets hope this flourishes.

www.rewiredstate.org

edit: example of government waste provided


2 Responses to “National Hack The Government Day”

  1. James Darling Says:

    Evening Ian,

    First of all, thanks for the blog, I think you’ve got the spirit of this pretty dead on. I look forward to seeing you there, will be emailing more info soon.

    Just a quick note to clear something up: Whilst I hope to have MySociety (The creators of TheyWorkForYou) encouraging, supporting and attending, they are not the organisers. Rewired State is very deliberately an individual entity.

    Thanks again, it’s great to see people understanding and articulating the goals so clearly. The key is to make sure we exceed the talking with doing.

  2. Ste Says:

    “The web is a great way to share information that should be available to the public. Doing that only strengthens democracy and increases citizen interac…. oh why the hell am I saying this? They know that. We know that. Lets hope someone does something about it”

    Better on the web than on a train/on a USB key in a pub car park/on a laptop left in a car…etc 🙂

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