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At Doteveryone we describe digital understanding not as being about having the skills to be able to code, it's about being able to cope.

This idea underpins our Responsible Technology Leadership programme: it's not about training leaders in ‘how to do the internet’ or ‘how to do digital’, but about empowering them to have the knowledge to make responsible decisions around technology.

Throughout March we ran a series of seminars for the leaders of charities and social enterprises and were really pleased to hear from those who took part about how it challenged their thinking: 

Excellent workshop focusing our minds on creating responsible tech, i.e. digital that has a positive impact on people's lives. I can think of many digital systems that do not.” Patricia Donald, Advice NI

"A workshop that gives you headspace to explore your own organisational issues and prompts questions that you're still asking yourself days later. Great stimulus." Guy Pattison, CEO, Stronger Stories

We hope to be running similar seminars in the future. Make sure you're signed up to the main Doteveryone newsletter and follow us on Twitter to stay informed!

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the latest digest of news from the intersection of tech and society.

Communications Manager

👨‍💻 Work 👩‍💻 

Following a string of recent protests, tech workers are continuing to push back against the more unsavoury parts of their industry: this weekend it was the turn of the Tech Workers Coalition who planned to takeover parts of Github - normally a forum for software engineers share design tips and advice- to encourage data giant Palantir’s engineers to protest against their company’s involvement in the deportation of families and children at the Mexican border.

And last Monday, we published People, Power and Technology: The Tech Workers View, exploring the UK tech sector’s attitudes towards the societal impacts of their work. Our findings put the stereotype that tech professionals just want to move fast and break things to bed. Instead, they want more government regulation of tech, have an appetite for more responsible leadership and want and need guidance to help navigate ethical dilemmas.

⚖️ Rights and justice 

The worlds of climate rights and criminal justice have continued to collide this month, with police chief Cressida Dick saying that future Extinction Rebellion protests will be met with a tougher response and arrested “very very fast”

In other climate news:

🏦Major banks have been criticised for turning a blind eye to the theft of billions of pounds in a carbon credits trading scam orchestrated by criminal gangs

🇸🇪Sweden is taking steps to become the first country in the world to set targets for greenhouse gas emissions associated with consumer goods produced outside of their borders

 The Social Club’s Craig Dearden-Phillips has given his take on what the social sector can learn from Extinction Rebellion

🙈A YouGov Cambridge poll has found 4% of Brits think man-made climate change isn’t real (compared to 13% of Americans, and 18% of Indonesians)

🏛️ Public institutions and accountability 

MI5 have been criticised for an unspecified, but “serious” breach of surveillance safeguards, leading Liberty to question if the Investigatory Powers Commissioners Office - who are responsible for oversight of the UK’s surveillance and policing forces - has the clout or expertise needed to do the job

Further afield in Belgium, Politico reports on an interesting democratic experiment. In September, a small German-speaking region in the east of the country will be establishing a first-of-its-kind “Bürgerrat” Citizens Council - set up as a permanent structure to involve the public directly in setting the policy agenda and making political decisions.

Empowering people to influence policy is a cause close to Doteveryone’s heart, and over the next few months we’ll be exploring how to do it better in our Engaging the Public with Responsible Technology programme. Get in touch if you’d like to know more via

Collective actions

Not quite collective action - but certainly acting for the collective: Richer Sounds founder Julian Richer has handed over ownership of the company to his staffPerhaps he read the new think tank Common Wealth’s report on models for democratising ownership in the economy?

Cool stuff 

If you liked our Society in the Loop 2018 event, you'll 🧡 this 👇
Thursday 3 October 2019The inaugural anthropology and technology conference takes place in Bristol. Get your tickets before they're gone!

...and a little left-field 👈

🤔Maybe Donald Trump doesn’t want to stop immigration to the US?

👂Listening to my neighbour's fight: Overpopulation and the loss of privacy   

🎂 Why your birthday is bad for you

🗣️ Have your say 🗣️

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