Digital Democracy is expanding

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Posted by Democratise | Posted in Digital Democracy | Posted on 26-10-2011

We are expanding the range of UK government representation on the Digital Democracy website to include Members of European Parliament (MEPs), Welsh Assembly Members (WAMs) and Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs). These will be added within the coming month.

Our aim is to then develop the Digital Democracy website to add local councils in to the system and make Digital Democracy work at the local level and get local communities using this tool to prioritise what happens in their area.

Digital Democracy launch day

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Posted by Democratise | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 28-02-2011

The official launch of our brand new political campaigns site www.digitaldemocracy.org.uk is almost upon us!

The Democratise team are preparing to brave the East Coast mainline at a decidedly unsociable hour in order to spend tomorrow showing off the new site to MPs and their staff at the House of Commons.

Over 50 MPs are due to sign up to the site, which aims to bring democratic discussion into the internet age.

Democratise MD Jonathan Elmer will officially open the national pilot of the site at 1pm tomorrow afternoon, but don’t forget you can still sign up early and have YOUR ideas shown to MPs in Parliament.

For more up to the minute inside info on the launch, be sure to follow us on twitter – we’re @democratise and we’ll be tweeting under the hashtag #digitaldemocracy during the pilot.

the run-up to beta…

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Posted by Democratise | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 18-01-2011

Happy new year wordpress!

First post for a while, due to the voume of work being done on www.digitaldemocracy.org.uk.

Plenty to report, however. Firstly, we’re holding a parliamentary reception on March 1st, which will also serve as our official launch date for the website. There we’re planning on showing MPs (and hopefully the media) how the site works and why it’s going to be important. Also we won’t let them leave until they’ve signed up.

So since we’ve had a concrete deadline to work to, things have really started to kick off on the web development side of things. We’re hoping we don’t soon join Douglas Adams in his love of deadlines.

In anticipation of the official launch we will very shortly be openig the site up for its closed beta test. Sometime this week Digital Democracy will go live. If you want to get involved, send us an email at *contact*AT*democratise*.org, post on our Facebook Group or send us a tweet to @democratise

I’ll post as soon as the signup page is live, check back here before the end of the week for news!

Digital Democracy development

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Posted by Democratise | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 23-11-2010

As well as furiously writing code for the Digital Democracy backend, in the past week or so we’ve been working on two new features: avatar generation and maps integration.

Avatars might seem like a pretty simple addition, but we hope they’ll let users express themselves a little bit more. Once the feature is coded in we’ll be able to add more options to the generation process at a later date.

More fundamental to the functionality of the site is the integration of a mapping service. This is something web users have come to expect of sites these days, but we’re hoping to go a stage further than most in its execution. After a brief debate we’re tentatively proceeding to test OS OpenSpace as the platform of choice and we’re quite excited about what we’ll soon be able to do with it… more details soon!

About us…

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Posted by Democratise | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 18-11-2010

We’ve just finalised our first bit of promotional matierial.  Have a look here for a quick summary of what we’re about.

Hello World!

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Posted by Democratise | Posted in Digital Democracy, web development | Posted on 16-11-2010

Democratise is into its third week in its new improved form  (3 full time members of staff are currently working hard on developing our first project, www.digitaldemocracy.org.uk ) and it’s about time we have a blog to keep you updated on our progress.

Digital Democracy was piloted to great success in Durham earlier this year and our plans to build on that success are well and truly underway.  Taking into account the feedback of its users, the site is being redeveloped from the ground up, letting us integrate a whole load of exciting new features and of course make it look even shinier.

Despite being hard at work building our new website, we’ll try to take the time here to write about what we’re planning, hopefully allowing those of you who are interested to give us some feedback on our ideas.

Check back soon for a preview of our new promo leaflet…