Full Interview: Tom Steinberg on Transparency in Government

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This morning I spoke to Tom Steinberg, director of MySociety, a not-for-profit that creates websites designed to connect citizens in the UK with government, in practical, transparent ways.

The MySociety approach gets citizens interested through personal, practical projects (getting potholes fixed on a neighbouring street, say, or getting a record of comments their MPs have made on a particular issue) and from there, hopes to stimulate interest in democratic participation.

What intrigued me about MySociety is that they're mostly relying on publicly available information, but they're making it accessible to people in practical, user-friendly, and accountable ways.

What do you think of the MySociety approach? Does it have applications for Canada? Let me know what you think!

We're airing a shortened version of this conversation on Episode 57 of Spark, but you can listen to the entire talk if you download the MP3.


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