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Welcome to the second edition of Doteveryone's Society in the Loop newsletter! 

In our first newsletter, (ICYMI 😲 catch up here), we mentioned that in this edition we would feature the first of our "in conversation” series - interviews between people working in the social sector and those studying the impacts of tech.

Our ambition with convening these conversations is to connect those who may not normally cross paths. Together they will be able to explore the kinds of issues, questions and challenges that keep one another awake at night so they can better understand each other's work and discover opportunities where they overlap and offer the potential for collaboration. 

This month, Nikki Clegg, UK Portfolio Manager at the Big Lottery Fund met Karina Vold, Research Associate at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Research Fellow in the Faculty of Philosophy (both roles are at the University of Cambridge). 

Find out in this conversation interview if there were points of common interest or aha moments about how their work linked? What did Nikki learn about how technology can impact on the work she is doing "putting people in the lead"? And what current real-world concerns would it be worthwhile Karina exploring in a digital context? 

I hope you enjoy! 

Cassie Robinson
📆 Society in the Loop - a one-day event 📆

Society in the Loop intends to bring together and share the collective expertise, of the social sector and civil society, with the social sciences and the technology industry. That's why, beyond this newsletter, we're curating an event to bring different perspectives together into the same room. 

Date: Friday 14 September 2018
Location: The Foundry, Vauxhall, SE11 5RR

The aim is to build the knowledge, understanding and relationships necessary to support society to be in the loop of how technology is developed and directed in a way that benefits everyone and strengthens society.

As this is the first of these events we want to ensure a balanced representation from all communities. For this reason, we're sending out invitations to 50 people and organisations.

But we also have 20 places that we are opening up for application. 

If you’d like to attend, you can apply here.

👨‍💻 Work 👩‍💻

Following our ruminations last month about pay increases we are pleased to say the UK’s economy has listened to us: wages have risen in real terms for the first time in years 🍾. But does this boost to pay-packets mean we’re better off as a society? The premise of David Graeber’s new book Bullshit Jobs: A Theory (that socially useless and boring jobs are on an inexorable rise) has caused quite a splash. Luckily the Economist believe the book’s conclusions take after its title…

What trends should define our future workplace then? In this long read Debra Howcroft and Jill Rubery suggest gender equality. Sounds like a good starter for 10 to us. This excellent piece by Moira Weigel explores how the internet is already “feminizing” the media industry. 

 As both sides of the Universal Basic Income (UBI) argument continue to trade jabs, Nature has stepped into the ring to play referee by doing its own mini lit-review of UBI trials around the globe. Its conclusions are unlikely to satisfy either side: we need more trials, and should wait 5-10 years to see their true impacts.   

The Better Work Lab have recently started up their weekly newsletter, and if you’re interested in where the labour market is heading we think it’s well worth a read.

⚖️ Rights and justice 

The government’s integrated communities Green Paper is out. The Migrants Rights Network feels it’s missing the point by placing disproportionate responsibility on minorities to adapt. The University of Cardiff’s Claire Gorrara suggests us Brits will soon have to do own our fair share of integration: post-Brexit Britain must address its linguaphobia.

In other justice news The Toronto Declaration, which calls for the protection of rights to equality in machine learning systems, was launched at RightsCon recently. With new research from Big Brother Watch suggesting the UK’s police forces' facial recognition technologies have a scarcely believable success rate of 5% (falling to 2% for the Metropolitan police). Let that sink in. The declaration seems very timely…

🏛️ Public institutions and accountability

Mark Zuckerberg’s alleged political ambitions have been an open secret for some time now. (Visiting every US state is just a normal part of running a social media platform!) But it seems he’s not the only one to get ideas from The Donald™’s transition to the Oval Office. Execs such as Starbucks’ Howard Schulz and Disney’s Bob Iger are also reported to be contemplating the move and some, including CEO-turned Yugoslavian PM Milan Panic, are worried about this trend. It does however open up some interesting questions: Will we see the same in the UK? And could a new wave of politically awakened business leaders be a lever for change in corporate culture?

On the flip-side, there is a growing movement calling for political institutions to take on a bigger share of responsibility for innovation fro
m business. Mariana Mazzucato (a long-term supporter of this movement) believes mission thinking can help the UK’s government to do so. Another area where the debate around state involvement shows no sign of slowing is free-speech on campus. Hope not Hate unpick the latest developments in the government’s approach to free speech.

Collective actions

Half of charities say that the Lobbying Act has affected their ability to deliver their mission, whilst a third say it has had a negative effect on building coalitions with other charities. That’s the message from new research by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.

Lankelly Chase outline their new systems-based strategy for change.

Muslim Aid reflects on what lessons Grenfell holds for the voluntary sector’s coordinated response to emergencies.

Employee action steers Google away from their controversial use of artificial intelligence to analyse drone footage for the U.S Department of Defence.

Cool stuff 

⏩ Interested in digital social innovation? Nesta would like to hear from you

🛠️ Digital Impact has developed a Digital Impact Toolkit to help non-profits understand the social impact of their work. 

...and a little left-field 👈
🛐 The Week explores the rise of the “atheist church”.
🤔 Aeon asks if your algorithm has a mental health problem.
🗳️ And please leave your egos at the door (of the polling station).

🗣️ Have your say 🗣️

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